Following his death in fire, Waterloo family shares boy’s letter to classmates about bullying

Jaykwon Floyd Perez Sallis.  You might not have known the 9-year-old Waterloo boy while was alive, but you should remember his words.  Sheila Craft, Jaykwon’s grandmother, wrote me a letter here at KWWL this week.  I knew the name Jaykwon Sallis well, as KWWL covered the house fire that took the lives of Jaykwon and his mom. Ashley Smith, on April 22 in Waterloo.

Craft wanted to me to know that, in his short life, Jaykwon went through bullying.

"If one person is touched by what Jaykwon wrote on bullying that would mean something to us," Craft wrote.  "It’s going to take a lot to stop bullying, but this is through the eyes of a 9-year-old boy."

Here’s what Jaykwon had written to his class just a few weeks before his tragic death.  His words were shared at his funeral on April 30:

"Dear Class,

Everyone gets bullied once in your life.  Everyone should be kind to one another.  There are to(o) many mean people in the world.  Everyone is happy when everyone is nice.  It’s maybe hard to be nice but everyone can learn.  It’s easier to be nice than to be mean.

Thank you,

Jaykwon"

Jaykwon was born on April 21, 2009.  He died one day after celebrating his 9th birthday.  Craft described him to me as a "kind, giving and loving boy."

Just this week, his school, Lincoln Elementary, planted a tree in the third grader’s memory.  See the full KWWL story here.

And learn more about nationwide efforts to stop bullying here.

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