BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA: Jamarias ‘Mario’ Lougin, 28, was just having a regular day when he got a call from his children’s school.
The married, father of five said, “It was around 9:30 that morning, and one of the teachers had called me and asked if I was busy.” Mario is a licensed barber in Texas and Louisiana.
Mario’s pictures and story were shared all over Facebook which is how The Murphy Gazette saw them, and reached out to Mario for an interview via Messenger early Friday morning.
“I told her that I wasn’t at the moment, and asked was there a problem with one of my kids at school,” Mario explained. “She told me that the problem was not with one of my kids, but with another student who was being bullied, because his mom had cut his dread locks off.”
He told The Murph that the teacher went on to explain that the student “couldn’t afford a decent hair cut.”
“I had volunteered at the school before and cut the hair of several of the students whose parents couldn’t afford a hair cut,” Mario said.
He continued,”So the kids love me at the school, and they were already familiar with me, and what I do. The school knew exactly who they wanted to come and cut the little boy’s hair and I came to do just that.”
For Mario, being a barber is a “a win-win when it comes to my occupation choice. I started out as an apprentice in an apprenticeship program at the college I was attending in Shreveport.”
He paused, “That was nine years ago, and I have been cutting ever since. I’ve just gotten better over time.”
Serving others is something Mario enjoys doing, so coming to the school to help out was not something he had to give second thoughts too.
Mario said, “The boy was getting bullied by others at the school because of how his hair looked. When they called me, and told me what the problem was, I immediately agreed to do it.”
He didn’t know the little boy. “I got up, went to grab my equipment from the shop and headed straight to the school. All I knew was that he was a kid at my children’s school who needed help.”
Reflecting on the idea of bullying, Mario said, “I can’t really recall a time where I was bullied in school. I pretty much got along with everyone.”
“Once I was finished with his cut I simply told him ‘Never let what others say about you break you down; keep your head up and if you ever need a hair cut again pleas have your mom call me.’”
Mario said that he knew when he showed the student himself in the mirror that things had gone good. “He was like smiling and was like Awwww. It looks good.”
The story of the little boy who got bullied, and what Mario did for him for free, hit social media, and went viral very quickly. Mario laughed, “I honestly never expected the post to blow up how it did. Ever since then, things have been kind of crazy for me. I’ve had phone interviews calls and invites from several news stations all over.”
When asked by The Murphy Gazette to define faith, Mario said, “I believe that hope is just like faith … you have to have both of them.”
He continued, “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do. If you fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Thinking about the chance to help the young student out, Mario said, “I was simply doing what I hope anyone else would have done.”
By R.L. Holland
(c)Photos Used With Permission/Jamarias Lougin