A Buffalo teen who saw classmate getting picked on for his old shoes buys him new ones

A touching performance of friendship moved an emotional school principal to tears.

BUFFALO, NY – In the heart of Old First Ward is Buffalo Creek Academy, a charter school where students are guided by four core principles.

“Leadership, integrity, focus and excellence,” said Dean of Culture Bryant Brown Jr, describing the life values ​​instilled in students at the 5-8th school on South Park Avenue.

In one of the building’s main hallways, students pass beneath signs that celebrate those values ​​every day.

Among the students are two seventh graders, Romello Early and Melvin Anderson, who are best friends.

Recently, Melvin showed up to school with a broken shoe and when it was noticed by other kids, it caused ridicule.

Romello said: “I can tell that it upsets him. “It really hurts my stomach to see someone go through that, and be chosen based solely on looks.”

Romello decided to do something about it.

“I saved up my pocket money and so I asked my mom to take me to the shoe store to get Melvin some shoes, and the next day I went and gave them to him,” Romello said.

A friend in need is really a friend

“I really appreciate what he did for me,” Melvin said while sporting the new pair of Nike sneakers his friend gave him. “I’m doing housework so I can make some money to try and give him back what he’s done for me.”

However, Romello says there is no need for a payback.

“You don’t have to pay me back,” he said, turning to his friend. “It’s just a gift from me to you.”

Wrapping his arms around Romello, Melvin said, “This is my man… right here.”

“When Romello did this with his pension, it touched my heart and I almost cried,” Mr Brown said.

As close as two boys, they are somewhat unlike a couple.

Romello is sociable and extroverted, while Melvin is softer-spoken and more introverted. And despite being approximately the same age, Melvin is also about a meter taller than his friend.

Romello, who is 4 feet, 6 inches tall, said: “In my alma mater, in all my classes, I was chosen because of my height. “And that makes me think about how no one else has to go through how I feel.”

Brown said he hopes Romello’s act of kindness will be noted within the school’s walls and beyond.

“We have a good thing here at Buffalo Creek Academy and I think it’s contagious,” he said.

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Edmund DeMarche

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