Four-year-old Londyn James was crying her eyes out to her shocked mother one day after school, telling how her classmates refused to be her friend because she was black.
Tomeka Fisher, 35, could hardly believe what she was hearing, so she recorded it and put it on Facebook. "My 4yr old is crying her heart out and so am I. I don't know what to do or say! A girl at her school told her this," the post read.
"She told me that a girl told her she didn't want to be friends with her because she was black," the St. Louis native told People magazine. "I didn't know who would believe me, so I decided to videotape it."
As it turns out, people not only believed her but the video also went viral, racking up almost 10 million views from all over the world, People notes.
"It was remarkable," Fisher told the magazine. "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."
What she didn't expect was that the viral video would get Londyn a new friend who didn't care about the color of her skin.
Jeff Cunningham, a news anchor for KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Mo., saw the story and immediately thought that something had to be done. "As a dad, it just broke my heart to see a child cry," the 44-year-old Jackson, Mo., resident told People. "I also thought it could be a good learning tool for my 5-year-old daughter."
So he went home and asked his daughter, Holland, if she wanted to be friends with Londyn. Holland was all for it.
"She drew a picture for Londyn that said, 'I will be your friend,' " he said. Cunningham called Londyn's day care center to make sure it was OK to send the drawing.
The result? A new video posted to Facebook showing how much Londyn loved her cute little note.
"We received the letter from you and your daughter thank you so much, she's such a sweet heart!” Fisher's Facebook post to Cunningham's wall read.
"I wanted Londyn to make her a thank-you video because I just thought it was so sweet," Fisher said to the magazine. "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."
Read more at People.