A boy forced to sit and eat alone behind a screen for being late to school has had the last laugh thanks to an amazing response from the public.
After the photos went viral on social media, Hunter Cmelo’s local community rallied together and managed to buy his parents a new minivan.
Hunter’s lateness at Lincoln Elementary school in Grants Pass, Oregon was getting out of control, and when they couldn’t take it anymore, they made him sit on his own during lunch – with a screen in front of him so he couldn’t see the other kids.
Harsh? Probably. But if it wasn’t for this punishment, the public would never have come to his family’s aid. And that they did.
Rapid Repo and Collections donated a 2001 Chrysler minivan that then had $1,400 worth of maintenance work done to it by dealership owner Lisa McClease-Kelly, to ensure it was road worthy and safe for the family.
Local DJ Bill Meyer, who led the pleas for help, told ABC News:
This family never asked for the help. All they ever wanted was to change the school policy. We saw a way to do a little nudge, and then everyone else came in with their time and generosity.
Hunter’s story first went viral when his grandmother posted this on Facebook:
This is my grandson, Hunter. He’s a little first grader. His momma’s car sometimes doesn’t like to start right up. Sometimes he’s a couple of minutes late to school.
Yesterday, he was 1 minute late and this is what his momma discovered they do to punish him! They have done this to him 6 times for something that is out of his control! They make a mockery of him in front of the other students.
Another case of human’s pulling together for the less fortunate. I couldn’t write enough of these stories.
[via Daily Mail]