Boy Was Bullied And Terrified Of People. But His Brilliant Plan To Make Friends Changed Everything.

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Bullying is a serious problem. According to Family First Aid, nearly 30 percent of teens are estimated to be involved in school bullying, whether they’re being bullied or bullies themselves.

Josh Yandt, who lives in London, Ontario, was no exception. After his father died of a brain tumor, he was relentlessly bullied for keeping photos of him in his locker. Though he transferred schools, he was still ostracized and largely ignored by his classmates.

In response, he decided to make one simple change: He started opening doors for his classmates.

“The first few weeks when I started doing it they were kind of shocked,” he explains in a video for West Jet’s Above & Beyond, a series that shares the stories of inspirational Canadians. “Not many people hold doors, right? But after that, people started to open up to me. Opening a door is more than a physical act, it’s about putting yourself out there, getting to know people, making them feel comfortable, making them feel welcome. Opening doors gives people hope that people care.”

Holding the door for his classmates changed everything for Yandt, and now he has more friends than he can count and was even named Prom King!

Check out his incredible impact in the video below.

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