“I Just Started To C’ry.” 13-Yr-Old Gets The Best Surprise From Her Bu’lly’s Dad

When Randy Smalls found out that his daughter, Re’Onna, was in a group of students who bu’lli’ed a girl at school, he couldn’t bear to sit back and do nothing about it.

As someone all-too-familiar with being bu’ll’ied, he felt especially con’victe’d to make it up to Ryan Reese, the girl who was getting picked on. And in doing so, he also found a way to teach his own daughter a lesson

a 13 year old named re'onna smalls looking down as she sits next to her dad, randy smalls, while on the "strahan, sara and keke" show

Rather than taking his 13-year-old daughter on a sh’oppi’ng spree, he decided to help Ryan buy brand new clothes instead. Randy came up with this idea while he and his wife, who just so happens to be friends with Ryan’s mom, were on the phone apol’ogiz’ing to her..

“My daughter was upset, especially because she is into fashion,” Randy said. “So she came with us and helped pick out Ryan’s new clothes.”

As upset as Re’Onna was at first, the more time she spent with Ryan, the more she began to truly understand the importance of not bu’llyi’ng. Not only because it’s not okay to i’ntention’ally hu’rt others but because you never know what someone else is going through.

For Ryan, that included losing her dad, grandpa, and aunt in a short span of time. The stre’ss from these los’ses had become so overwhelming that she started to have non-epile’ptic seizures.

collage of two photos of a girl named ryan reese posing in a new yellow and floral dress outside

Best of all, Randy’s gen’eros’ity became conta’gio’us. Several local salons also offered to help keep her looking stylish in the months that followed.

jordan sparks, sara haines, re'onna smalls, randy smalls, ryan reese, richauna reese, and michael strahan posing for a group photo on the set of "strahan, sara and keke"

“I didn’t expect for this to get big but I’m glad if other parents [can learn from it],” Randy said while appearing on “Strahan, Sara and Keke” in 2019. “My daughter learned her lesson.”

Re’Onna and Ryan started off on the wrong foot, but after Randy followed through on his unconventional life lesson, Richauna says that “they’re cool now.”

All of this took place in 2019, but the two of them have remained close ever since. They were even gifted free dresses for a father-daughter Valentine’s Day Dance in 2020 that they picked out together! Ryan chose a purple and black one in honor of her late aunt.

a girl named ryan reese smiling as she tries on a purple and black gown in a dress store

“As parents, we have to take responsibility for what our children do,” Randy said. “We can teach our children, but when they go and are around other children they can ve’er off a little bit. When situ’ations like this happen, we have to take action and be the parent and not the friend.”

Source & credit: inspiremore.com

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