#SOCIAL NOBODY SERIES
A five-year-old boy who enjoys wearing nail polish “feels like a superhero” after he received support from people around the world.
Aaron Gouveia, the child’s father attracted praise after paining his nails to encourage his son Sam. The Massachusetts-based father-of-three said this “made all the difference in the world to Sam and helped convince him to keep his nail polish on.”
Sam was taunted by fellow students, after wearing a new shade of red glitter nail polish.
For Gouveia, this was a mixed blessing.
“Obviously I was relieved by the fact that he stayed true to himself but, as a parent, you’re always worried about your kids being picked on,” he said.
“But in the end, he had a great next day of school and no one made fun of him, the school rallied around him, and he feels like a superhero with all this attention.”
The dad, who works as a director at a Boston PR firm, admitted he was “glad he’s got two brothers who will knock him down a few pegs if his head gets too big!”
But he added that he was “very proud” of Sam, and also of his “10-year-old, Will, who went into his fifth-grade classroom with painted nails in solidarity with his brother.
“That’s not easy at that age but he did it and he didn’t care if he took crap for it because he was behind his brother 100 percent.”
Gouveia explained that he decided to chronicle Sam’s experience on Twitter—even though, as he said at the time, “my rage meter is spiking”—to try and make a difference in how gender was viewed.