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Classmates rally around student teased wearing pink sneakers

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Ryan Marotta, pictured, talks about being teased for wearing pink sneakers to support his mother who is a breast cancer survivor. Ryan Marotta, pictured, talks about being teased for wearing pink sneakers to support his mother who is a breast cancer survivor.
A middle school student in Massachusetts was teased for wearing a pair of pink sneakers in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Ryan Marotta attends middle school in Windham, Massachusetts. His mother is a breast cancer survivor, but a few students teased him for wearing the pink sneakers.

“My mom had cancer when I was about six years old. She survived,” Ryan said.

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He originally got the idea after seeing NFL players wearing pink during games.

After being teased, Ryan stopped wearing the sneakers.

“It made me feel depressed and sad because I knew that my mom had it and it made me, doubt getting the shoes,” said Ryan.

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Kim, his mother, posted her feelings about it on Facebook. She included a photo of her son’s pink shoes. She says comments supporting her son started pouring in.

“Over 50 inspiring comments about, you know, I hope he wears them again. He should be proud of that and nothing negative at all,” said Kim Marotta.

On Thursday, many of Ryan’s classmates rallied behind him. Girls and boys at the school wore pink to school. Students rallying to for the fight against breast cancer wore pink shirts, sneakers and socks to show support.

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According to WHDH-TV, school officials said Friday would be an official breast cancer awareness day at the school. They said all students are encouraged to wear pink in support of the cause.

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