Heartbroken Girl in Missouri Finds New Friend After Classmate's Racist Remarks
A 5-year-old girl reached out to a 4-year-old girl who was told someone didn't want to be her friend because she was black
For parents, there is nothing worse than seeing your child in pain. And one mother will never forget the heartbreaking moment her 4-year-old daughter told her the reason she was crying on her ride home from school.
“She told me that a girl told her she didn’t want to be friends with her because she was black,” Tomeka Fisher, 35, of St. Louis, Missouri, tells PEOPLE about her daughter Londyn. “I didn’t know who would believe me so I decided to videotape it.”
Fisher posted the video of Londyn on her Facebook page, asking her friends, “What would you tell her in this situation?”
Before she knew it, the video went viral garnering almost 10 million views, and people from around the world were offering words of encouragement and support.
“It was remarkable,” she says. “I just wanted people to know that no child should be told someone doesn’t want to be their friend because of their race or how they look.”
A New Friend
Shortly after the video was posted, Jeff Cunningham – a news anchor for KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, – saw the story in USA Today.
“As a dad, it just broke my heart to see a child cry,” Cunningham, 44, of Jackson, Missouri, tells PEOPLE. “I also thought it could be a good learning tool for my 5-year-old daughter.”
Cunningham went home and asked his daughter Holland if she wanted to be friends with Londyn.
“She drew a picture for Londyn that said, ‘I will be your friend,’ ” he recalls.
The next day, Cunningham called Londyn’s daycare and asked if it would be okay if to send Holland’s drawing to her.
“I honestly then kind of forgot about it over the holidays,” he says. “Until I saw that Tomeka had posted a new video of Londyn’s response to my daughter’s picture.”
“I wanted Londyn to make her a thank-you video because I just thought it was so sweet,” Fisher says. “I also wanted to show people that there are so many good people out there and that the smallest act of kindness can make someone so happy.”
Now that the two are friends, do they plan on meeting any time soon?
“I would love that,” says Cunningham.
We just hope that when they do meet, it’s caught on video.