People are so self-absorbed and self-centered today that it’s a real breath of fresh air to see compassion and the acknowledgment of another person’s feelings.
These students really made a difference in the world for several people through the ripple effect by one simple gesture.
Enjoy this a beautiful story…
For the past four years or so, without fail, 16-year-old Andrew Kirby would get the same text from his mom at lunchtime: “Are you sitting with anyone?” And every time, Kirby gave her the same short answer: “No.”
Kirby would sit at a table alone, hoping no one would notice he was by himself as he hid behind his cell phone. His mom, Kay, prayed daily he would make a new friend — but somehow, she always ended up disappointed.
This year, on Kirby’s first day back as a junior at Boiling Springs High School in South Carolina, Kay’s prayers were answered.
Kirby took a seat by himself at a lunch table on Aug. 20. As usual, he got a text from his mom asking if he was alone. But this time, to Kay’s surprise, Kirby didn’t answer.
Hours later, when she arrived to pick him up, she found out why.
“Mom, I didn’t sit alone!” Kirby exclaimed as he entered Kay’s car.
“Wow, that’s great!” Kay said, before asking about his new friends.
Kirby explained he was sitting by himself at lunch when he was approached by four student council members who asked him to join them at their table. Kirby happily agreed.
“It’s been a constant over the years. He has sat alone and its always bothered me and my husband. I can picture him sitting by himself,” Kay told Fox News, adding she now feels a sense of relief. “Over the years, he’s had administration … staff [sit by him], but he’s never had his own peers.”
Kay revealed Kirby was adopted. He was born with a crack cocaine addiction and has neurofibromatosis — a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow along the nervous system, according to the Mayo Clinic. The teen has overcome many health issues in recent years, including major back and neck surgeries.
“He’s had a lot of challenges,” Kay said. “He’s bright, but he’s just different.” More
— Deplorable News (@DeplorableNews) September 1, 2018
This is the answer to school safety. Students need to take it into their own hands to reach out to loners and stop bullying. This shows just how little it can take to make someone’s life better. Don’t depend on the teachers to help.
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