It’s a principal’s job to handle a school’s biggest issues. So when Tim Hadley found out that one of his students was being bullied, he didn’t sit idly by. Instead, he took action and taught his pupils a lesson in an unexpected way.
Iowa native Hadley served as the principal at Pekin Middle School, an educational institution in his home state. In 2017 one of Hadley’s students, Jackson Johnston, had to face some difficult news about a beloved family member.
The 11-year-old’s grandfather, who he called Papa Rick, had been diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma. The cancer spread through his lymph nodes and blood, and doctors informed the family in late 2016 that Papa Rick’s case was incurable.