But, as Gouveia notes, Sam’s classmates weren’t as appreciative of this beauty. Instead, they ridiculed him for being a boy with nail polish. “They called him names and told him to take it off. This lasted the entire day,” Gouveia said.
“When my wife picked him up from school he collapsed into her arms and cried uncontrollably. He was devastated at how other kids turned on him, even his friends. He asked them to stop but that just made it worse. Only [one] kid stood up for him,” he added. “He called me at work, his words barely decipherable through the sobs, and I told him nothing those kids say matters. That his nails are BADASS! And the only thing that matters is whether he likes his nails. And then my heart broke…”