A young man refused to allow adversity to define his childhood. Instead, Rowyn Montgomery fired back at his tormentors with the innovative use of vulnerability and bravery — unafraid to dive into deep and challenging topics.
Rather than an aggressive approach, 7-year-old Rowyn Montgomery responded to being bullied at school with creativity. The young boy began to make and share inspirational online clips.
Rowyn, who lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island, opened up about this heartening motivation. The 7-year-old expressed that he hopes his videos will help other children who are being picked on feel less alone by telling his story.
The young boy specifically spoke about how he was bullied for his unibrow and the negative impact this had on him. Now, he says, these clips make him feel better:
“Everybody’s different and everyone is good in their own ways…Believing in yourself is always the right thing to do.”
The 1st grader has also emphasized that it does not matter what bullies think. Instead, it’s more important to pay attention to how one view themselves.
Beyond being picked on, Rowyn has touched on many sensitive topics. This includes racism, body shaming, and even mental health such as anxiety related to returning to school and with concern to COVID-19.
This cartoon was aimed at 4-year-olds to 8-year-olds and took on autism, racism, and bullying.
This inclination to talk about these issues, especially mental health, could stem from his mother, Michelle Montgomery. She is a case manager in the behavioral health field, assisting those struggling with their mental state.
The 7-year-old has a desire to follow a similar route as his mom. Speaking about her son, Michelle expressed that she is incredibly proud of him.
Rowyn’s habit of making these types of clips is nothing new. The 7-year-old began speaking to the camera at only 4 years old.
Only when he turned 7 years old did he begin posting them online. The young man is soon to go onto the 2nd-grade and shared a video aimed at his fellow schoolgoers to believe in themselves as they tackle this new milestone.
Rowyn is not the first to introduce what some may view as controversial topics for children at an extremely young age. “Arthur,” the well-beloved television show, was unafraid to tackle these difficult issues as well.
This cartoon was aimed at 4-year-olds to 8-year-olds and took on autism, racism, and bullying. Its first episode in 2019 featured a same-sex marriage.
It was recently announced that this iconic animated series would be ending after a 25-year streak. No matter what one thinks of Rowyn and “Arthur,” one has to admire their willingness to take a deep dive into these challenging waters.