Motorist Snaps Photo Of Man Walking On Side Of The Road With Other People's Children
Marilyn Caylor 4/16/2018
Parents put their children's lives into the hands of strangers every single day. Bus drivers, teachers, and crossing guards are tasked with making sure that our kids stay safe during school hours, but their job doesn't end after class lets out.
There are strict rules and protocols in place to make sure that teachers don't hand the kids over to the wrong people. Yet, for people who don't know any better, it may have looked like that's what was happening near an elementary school in Tennessee.
When Tabitha Tudy Jones spotted a man walking with little kids on the side of the road, she knew he wasn't the children's father. But instead of stopping him, she did what most people do these days and whipped out her smartphone! She wanted to show the community exactly what he was up to, and after the photo went viral - everyone recognized him for who he was.
Carl Schneider got caught red-handed and deserves every bit of the spotlight that's been shining his way. But, it's not as creepy as it sounds! The special education teacher at Whitney Achievement Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee was actually doing something that has touched hearts everywhere.
Carl goes to great lengths to make sure that his students are taken care of every step of the way. In this case, those steps are quite literal - he walks his kids home after class! He's been doing this for several years now, and there are even other teachers who have gotten in on the action, too.
The small school where he teaches has about 400 students, and about half of them live within a two-mile radius. The children regularly walk home, but they don't do it alone. In fact, teachers Kevin Sullivan, Auriel Rolle-Polk, Allison Thompson, and Valeria Bostick also accompany the students home.
The teachers fan out in all different directions - about 100 head west, and another 100 head east. The sight must be quite a sight, but Carl, who is originally from Colorado, is happy to have been "caught" on camera. He told TODAY:
"I'm happy the community I work in is being highlighted in a positive way. I think our students deserve the same love and quality education as students in any other district. It's a lot of fun, and it's a great way to get to know the students on a more informal basis and talk about their day."
Another perk of walking the kids home is the daily interaction that Carl gets to have with the parents. He gets to keep them updated on their child's progress, without the stress of a more formal parent-teacher meeting. But more importantly, the daily walks allow Carl a chance to get to know the students better.
Carl has shown that he's willing to go the extra mile to make sure that his students are happy and healthy, but he's only one of thousands of teachers who do this type of "extra credit" every single day. Almost everyone agrees that teachers like Carl get an A+ for being such amazing superheroes!
Watch this video to find out more about this heartwarming story.