An 8-year-old student with special needs from Garfield Elementary School in Marion, Ohio threw a tantrum, so the Assistant Principal got down to his level just to comfort him.
In a Facebook post by Steph Compton, she wrote, “I absolutely LOVE this… LJ’s school has a new assistant principal this year… Mr. Smith… apparently LJ was having a “moment” and he got down on his level to help him out ❤️”
According to Inspire More’s report, LJ Compton has Down syndrome. He is said to belong in the autism spectrum.
A Rough Day For The Little Guy
The little boy had a rough day when the school’s afternoon bus arrived late. And as a result, he got down on the ground and threw a fit.
LJ’s mom, Steph, also revealed in the post, “This is why even though we live across town… LJ still goes to Garfield!!!”
Apparently, LJ lives across the town. They actually live closer to another school. However, she chose Garfield Elementary School “because of the care and attention their staff has always shown her son.” She described LJ as a happy little guy who almost always painted a smile on his face. But there were times that he gets overwhelmed and finds it hard to process his feelings.
And thankfully, during that afternoon that she was not around to comfort her son, someone took her place. Surprisingly, it was the school’s Assistant Principal!
Kindness Of The Assistant Principal
The mother plainly had no idea what happened. Until she saw a picture of her son posted by a student aide. Amber McKinniss commented, “I just had to snap a picture. It was the most amazing thing I’ve seen!”
John Smith, the longtime teacher, and newest Assistant Principal was captured laying on the pavement next to LJ. He was patiently comforting the little guy without hesitation in that dirt and all. The incredible educator went to his student’s level just to get through to his heart!
Soon enough, the photo went viral. John was commended for his dedication to providing a safe place for every child in their school.
“Mr. Smith was the best teacher,” one person commented. “So glad he carries that with him as a principal! Such a great guy!”
And another said, “Mr. Smith is one of my favorite teachers. He’s the best.”
“It’s really awesome to know from a parent’s standpoint that there are people that care that much about your child,” Steph applauded the teacher’s kindness.
Source: Inspire More