Dutton gave the classroom of grade school children two apples to take into consideration. Before the lesson, she had repeatedly dropped only one of the apples on the floor. From the outside, however, the apples looked identical.
Some students were initially skeptical, but they began to pass the apple around. "You're a smelly apple," some of the kids said. "I don't even know why you exist...you've probably got worms inside you."
Yeah, apple, we'd feel bad too. "I actually started to feel sorry for the little guy," said Dutton.
After the comparison, Dutton cut open the apples. "The apple we'd said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside.I think there was a lightbulb moment for the children immediately," she said. "They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions."
"The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words," Dutton concluded. The post was shared over 140,000 times in the course of the first 36 hours it was posted.
Dutton later took to Facebook after her post was met with such overwhelming support. "[w]e don't often see the pain our words cause people. It had a very powerful impact. Children got it and children understood." She emphasized how important this lesson was to remember and to continue in support and kindness.