A teacher in West Virginia brought a six-year-old boy to tears when she grabbed the microphone to prevent him from speaking at the school Thanksgiving play on Thursday.
In a video the boy's parents posted online, other students are seen walking up to the microphone one at a time to thank the audience and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. Their son, Caleb, was the last one in line. But as Caleb walks up, eager for his turn to greet the audience, a teacher appears from off camera and quickly pulls the microphone out of the stand.
Caleb's mother, Amanda Riddle, wrote:
I was all excited to go to Caleb's play everyone did a good job. I left in tears because one teacher Mrs. Linsey I think her name is grabbed the microphone from Caleb and in a mean way. My son is a little different I know this but his heart is so big and he loves everyone. What does it matter if he wanted to say gobble gobble he was the turkey after all.
Harrison County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin spoke with Fox 5 NY, chalking it up to a misunderstanding and saying that the teacher felt bad about it. "It's a mistake that was made. There was no malice. This teacher, as all of our teachers, truly care about these young boys and girls. The program was over, at least as I understand, and the teacher had taken the microphone."
Although Caleb didn't get his chance to thank the audience members the way he wanted to Thursday night, Riddle shared this video of Caleb giving his own personal thank you.
She added the caption, "As requested and with the biggest thank you from the bottom of our hearts #teamgobblegobble."
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