Classmates rally around bullied first grader


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s hard to look different in elementary school. Hailey Morrissey was in first grade when severe plaque psoriasis spread over her entire body, and bullying came on quickly, too.

“I just, didn’t feel pretty,” says Hailey.

But then medication for her soul arrived: kind letters from the oldest kids in school, 5th graders. They sent friendship bracelets, and would walk Hailey to class. It was an effort initiated by the students, says their teacher.

“They can make a difference even to one little girl, who is having trouble, because she’s not pretty,” says Sara Martin.

And slowly, other students in Hailey’s class began to accept the little girl.

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