Gage Berger had become the victim of bullying in his first-grade class. Students told him that he “looked like an elf” and had “weird ears,” as the boy said on Inside Edition. “I just don’t want to be made fun of,” he said. Tim and Kallie, Gage’s parents, heard the students’ mean nicknames. They watched helplessly as their son looked in the mirror while trying to push back his ears.
Bullying can have damaging effects: just ask Bethany Mota, who had to be homeschooled because of it. “He just gets really down on himself and he thinks, ‘I’m not good enough,’” Kallie said. They didn’t want the bullying to do permanent damage, so they came up with their own solution: They allowed Gage to get plastic surgery to pin his ears back.