Man Finally Apologizes 60 Years Later For Bullying Sisters Throughout School
Better late than never! A man who bullied two sisters from elementary through high school finally saw the error of his ways. Sixty years later, he stepped up to make amends with the sisters, but would they accept his apology after all this time?
In the late 50s, Bruce Smit had no issues with terrorizing sisters Kathleen Rys and Lorraine O’Kelly during their time at Monee Elementary School in Illinois. He wasn’t quite the ringleader but jumped in on the bullying with other peers.
The bullying continued through their time at Crete-Monee High School, where Kathleen and Lorraine were labeled outcasts. No one wanted to talk to them or hang out with them. Instead, they made jokes about them and shunned them, with Bruce and other friends often leading the pack. As Kathleen and Lorraine grew up, they clung to each other, realizing that their friendship was all they really had.
Now, at 71 years old, Bruce realized that he was part of the reason behind the sisters’ painful childhood. Those memories tormented him as he got older. He and his wife, Tammy, reached out to the sisters to attempt to make amends.
Even decades later, both Lorraine and Kathleen were unsure of meeting with their former tormentor. After all, the bullying affected both women well into adulthood. In fact, Kathleen still typically stays to herself and doesn’t have many friends. Though Lorraine’s life turned out a bit better, she still struggled to stand up for herself, especially when it came to disciplining her kids later in life. But, even with that bad history, the sisters finally both agreed to meet Bruce.
Bruce, Kathleen, and Lorraine were able to meet at a local Panera, where Bruce apologized for all that he had put them through. Finally letting go of the past, the sisters were able to forgive him for all the pain he caused. The three have even gone on to become pretty good friends!
With bullying at an all-time high today, the trio’s story serves as a cautionary tale about its long-term effects. While Bruce, Kathleen, and Lorraine were finally able to find peace, it still negatively affected each of them in some way over the years. Hopefully, more bullies see the error of their ways now as kids, and turn things around for the better!
More in Impact
Nine Year Old Raises Nearly $6,000 In Two Hours To Help His Baby Brother
Andrew Emery from South Carolina found out his six-month-old brother had a rare and terminal disease called Krabbe Disease. He knew...June 19, 2018
This Man Refused To Put Disabled Wife In Nursing Home – Now, They’re Traveling The World
Suffering from a disability brings its own set of challenges and can leave loved ones feeling incredibly helpless. But, instead of...June 19, 2018
Miracle Cure May Be On The Way For Late-Stage Breast Cancer
Cancer is a disease that affects 38.4% of the American population. For that reason, this is a story that may hit...June 19, 2018
Treo, The Heroic Black Labrador Retriever Who Took On The Taliban
Treo, the black Labrador retriever started out an angsty puppy full of energy and always getting into trouble. But he grew...June 19, 2018
Scientist Saves Frog Clinging To His Car And It’s The Nicest Story You’ll Read Today
What is the weirdest thing you have seen on your morning commute to work? It’s probably nothing compared to what David...June 3, 2018
Stolen Dog Trapped in Abandoned House Finally Reunited With Family
Some people will do just about anything to create chaos, including harming helpless animals. Animal shelters across the United States treat...June 3, 2018
Leopard Stuck In A Tree Leans Down To Kiss His Aggressor
On the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, a leopard was looking for a meal. He cautiously approached a herd...June 2, 2018
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Surprise Hospice Residents With Their Wedding Flowers
Everybody’s talking about it— Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have taken the world by storm with their fabulous royal wedding. Even...May 31, 2018
23-Year-Old Becomes World’s Youngest Grandfather
Tommy was living the regular life of a guy in his early 20s. He was in school, working as a real...May 31, 2018