A young boy who was hospitalised by his school bullies has now said that he refused to fight back as that's 'not the Jedi way'.
Credit: Lizette Casanova
Aiden Vasquez, from California, went viral on Monday after pictures were posted to Facebook by his mum, showing him injured and distressed following a bullying incident at school.
In a follow-up post, mum Lizette Casanova explained his heartbreaking response, writing: "Aiden wants me to let everyone know he's doing fine, all stitched up and numb. He said he felt it in his soul not to hit the kid back... IT'S NOT THE JEDI WAY!!"
The brave youngster may have made Jedi Master Yoda proud with his profound words - but this is not the first time the 10-year-old has been physically bullied by his school peers.
On Monday, Lizette first posted on Facebook about the little boy's resilience and suffering, with the message touching the hearts of people all over the Internet.
She claimed this is the third year in a row that her son has been bullied at Two Bunch Palms Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs.
"Yes, he is different...BUT REALLY!?! Now we're making hospital visits," she added.
Lizette claimed this is also the second time he's required a hospital visit due to the bullies - the previous time being a cheek laceration from being 'pushed'.
A picture of Aiden was included in the post, with the boy looking visibly distraught with a rather hefty cut above his eyebrow and a swollen cheek.
His mum decided enough was enough and took the situation to the authorities.
Aiden told local TV station KMIR that this recent serious incident - which happened just days into his new school year - all started because the bully took his backpack.
"'Give me my backpack, give me my backpack,'" he recalled asking the school bully. "I went to go get it and then - pop."
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That's when the little boy suffered the three-inch deep cut above his eye - the kind of cut you'd see sustained by a boxer.
Some parents may have a 'fight back' mentality when teaching their children to defend themselves from bullies, but Lizette doesn't believe this is the right way.
She included on her original Facebook post: "For those telling me I should tell my son to FIGHT BACK OR Hurt the kid [sic] we're not those kinds of people.
"I don't need to fight with fists to prove a point. My son is incredibly gifted and that's all I have to teach him to embrace he will be someone one day trust and believe! #StopBullying."
His spiritual nature and love of the Star Wars created religion was noticed by the most famous Jedi of all - Mark Hamill.
The actor reached out to Aiden and called him the 'real deal' as far as Jedi go.
He tweeted: "I'm astonished by his wisdom & courage at such a tender age.
"I may be a fictional Jedi, but this boy is the real deal. Not sure how to reach out to him, but I hope he sees this message & knows how much I admire him."
Two Bunch Palms headteacher Joseph Scudder promised to investigate the bullying, according to the Palm Springs Desert Sun.
In a statement provided to the newspaper, he said: "We wanted to reassure our families that the safety of our students is our number one priority. All incidents and complaints are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly, and this incident is no exception."
Police confirmed they were investigating an allegation of assault, the newspaper added.
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Featured Image Credit: Lizette Casanova