This week ten-year-old Aiden Vasquez was bullied and physically abused at school and still took the high road.
Aiden's mother Lizette Casanova took to social media to vent her frustration at a school that isn't keeping her son safe from bullies. The latest encounter marks the second time her son has received stitches due to altercations with bullies at school. Yet, despite the unchecked abuse, young Aiden says he won't fight back. Speaking to KMIR he said:
I told my mom, I got it from 'Star Wars,' that it's not the Jedi way.'
Casanova isn't backing down and went to the school board of Two Bunch Palms Elementary in Desert Hot Springs, where Aiden attends, saying:
I want to be able to tell you guys everything. I want to tell you about how the kids follow him and chase him and tell him to commit suicide.
Feeling as though she isn't being heard, Casanova took to Facebook to share what was going on.
Aiden's response of being like a jedi caught the attention of Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill, who sent this message.
SHOUT OUT to Aiden Vazquez for his courage & wisdom in the face of adversity. I'm so proud of you for showing that… https://t.co/rcCEpf049t— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1535528617.0
Messages of encouragement came in for Aiden.
@HamillHimself Such courage and wisdom at such a young age. I hope he sees your support and will draw strength from… https://t.co/R8NFBoGgyh— Sienn 🐹 (@Sienn 🐹)1535529216.0
@HamillHimself His courage and your kindness make my heart sing❣️💙💙💙💙💙💙— 💙💙 BlueRaven75 💙💙 ✨🦄🎠✨ (@💙💙 BlueRaven75 💙💙 ✨🦄🎠✨)1535528747.0
@HamillHimself May the Force be with you Aiden. 🙏— Suzannah Pearce (@Suzannah Pearce)1535529592.0
@digimushroom With you, the force is strong.— A Wise Yoda Bot (@A Wise Yoda Bot)1535529639.0
@HamillHimself This boy shows more courage and restraint - along with wisdom - than most adults I know!! Thanks for… https://t.co/6mSu4n1QTF— Doreen Loring (@Doreen Loring)1535548959.0
@HamillHimself https://t.co/lSHLOOoRwz— Jaime Lopez (@Jaime Lopez)1535529618.0
@HamillHimself Someone who I'd call a true Star Wars fan. Respect to you mate 👍— Clayton Goode (@Clayton Goode)1535528986.0
@HamillHimself This boy is a real jedi and i hope he gets well soon— The Gaming General (@The Gaming General)1535528924.0
@HamillHimself What a brave and grown up young man. A true Jedi.— Larissa Wilson (@Larissa Wilson)1535528840.0
We hope Aiden and his mother get some help from the school district in handling this problem.