James Willmert (fourth from left in photo below) was a fifth grader at Franklin Elementary School in Mankato, Minnesota, this year. He has a learning disability, and he was being bullied by other kids until a few classmates came to his rescue. "They were like using him and taking advantage of him," said one classmate. Why? "Because he's easier to pick on and it's just not right," added another.
Five classmates shown above befriended James. The six ate lunch together, played sports together and became best buddies. "He's an awesome kid to hang out with," said one classmate. James' Mom, Margi Willmert, said the boys' friendship made a huge impact on her son. "He used to not want to go out for recess or anything," she said, "Now he can barely eat his lunch to get outside to play with these guys. They're changing him. We just got a basketball hoop last week because now he loves basketball." These fifth graders proved the old adage, "There's so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill-behooves any of us to be finding fault with the rest of us!"