Trinity Shaw is an 11-year-old young woman of color who attends a predominantly white school. Her mother, life coach Toshia Shaw, is incredibly proud of her — and you're about to be, too. Trinity faced bullying at the hands of some male classmates. They teased her about wearing her hair naturally, styled into dreadlocks that she proudly arranges into fabulous hairdos each morning.
Trinity was having exactly none of their hair-shaming, and her mom tweeted about it:
My sweet 11yr old was teased in school today by boys because of her hairstyle. She loved it and stood up to them for bullying her. She goes to a predominately white school but wears locs like me. She said she refuses to allow kids to make her feel bad about her culture. pic.twitter.com/hybY1ESGMC— Toshia Shaw (@Toshia_Shaw) February 5, 2018
And Twitter was 100% here for this girl's pride and strength:
Sis, do they teach Emotional Intelligence at her school? If not, they need to catch up & thank you for being her main Educator. Good for her because I like my earrings on. She’s beautiful because she knows who she is-It shines through and pierces every bully. A Powerful Princess.— Natasha Stevens (@1NatashaStevens) February 6, 2018
Some people sent messages of kindness and encouragement to Trinity via her mom:
Tell her I’m wearing my hair like this to work tomorrow for her and because it looks great (but really so my twist out can flourish). It gets better, bb! 🤗 kids can be cruel— Joaille Araujo (@jdparaujo) February 7, 2018
Please accept my sincere apologies and let your daughter know that MOST people are not that ignorant. She is beautiful AND strong. The people, UNITED, will never be defeated! We are all in this together and strong, black women will lead us out of this wilderness, I pray.— Mima Rogers (@RogersMima) February 5, 2018
After Shaw read some of the messages to Trinity, she gave us an update on the little warrior queen:
We can't wait to see the way Trinity, and other little girls like her, change the world.