Janitor Writes Touching Letter To Boy Bullied By Classmates. “We Are Human.”

Janitor Ian Greenarch points and smiles at the boy he wrote a letter for, an arm around his shoulder. The boy, Daniel, smiles and gives a peace sign.

Being a kid isn’t always easy. Fifth-grader Daniel Gambrill has been struggling a lot lately. According to his mom, Katie Gambril, other kids have been bullying him. In response, Daniel wrote a letter to his class. In it, he was open and vulnerable about what he’s been going through. Ultimately, though, he chose to throw the letter away.

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As fate would have it, the night janitor found the letter. It had landed in a way to where the words could be seen and, for a moment, it caught the janitor’s eye — he thought it may have been misplaced homework. Once he saw what it actually, the janitor wrote the boy a letter back.

Janitor Ian Greenarch points and smiles at the boy he wrote a letter for, an arm around his shoulder. The boy, Daniel, smiles and gives a peace sign.
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Janitor Wrote Heartfelt Letter for Lonely Boy

In Daniel’s note, he mentions feeling lonely. The night janitor, who was later revealed to be Ian Greenarch, understands this feeling well.

“I know how it feels,” Ian later shared. “Back when I was in his grade I also had people bugging me, messing with me all the time.”

Ian recognizes how much it would have meant to him if someone had reached out to him back then, so he decided to be that person for Daniel through the letter he wrote him.

Ian's letter to Daniel.

Daniel,

Hey buddy, you probably have no clue who I am or what I even look like, but I'm the night shift janitor after y'all leave school for the day. While I was cleaning Mrs. Plotner's classroom, I found your note you wrote to your classmates.

I want you to know that I'm thinking about you, buddy. Feeling alone is a very scary thing to deal with, and it's something I've dealt with bud. . I know most have trouble feeling like they don't fit in with other classmates, but in all honesty, being yourself and being kind to others in any situation you'll experience, will take you very far!

Daniel, classmates will love you no matter how you treat them. We are human homie, and we all make mistakes, even if some are big. But please don't EVER feel like you are alone because you have parents, siblings, teachers, and friends who love Daniel or who he is! I left you some cash to treat yourself. Be happy, you deserve it. 

I hope you find who makes you feel like you belong in your class. - Mr. Greenarch
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“I want you to know that I’m thinking about you, buddy,” this kindhearted janitor wrote to the boy in his letter. “… I know most have trouble feeling like they don’t fit in with other classmates, but in all honesty, being yourself and being kind to others in any situation you’ll experience, will take you very far!”

When Daniel shared this letter with his mom, he had tears of joy in his eyes. As soon as she read the letter, she cried, too.

Ian smiles and poses with Daniel and his family, including his mom, dad, and sister.
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Katie took to Facebook to find Ian and, since then, the three of them have officially met. The group is now being used to document their journey. It also serves as a way for others to share kind words with Daniel and Ian.

“I’m so, so humbled to see just what one act can do for, you know, a boy, a community — it was really special,” Ian said.

Watch this beloved janitor meet the boy he wrote a letter for in the heartwarming video below.

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