A video of a colour-blind school student’s reaction after seeing colours for the first time with help from specially designed glasses has left netizens emotional. Jonathan Jones, 12, was asked by his principal, who suffers from the same condition, to try out his glasses during class.
When he puts on the glasses, Jones became overwhelmed and wouldn’t stop crying.
“I’m so happy for you … that is so awesome. I told you it’s going to be a little emotional,” the principal is heard saying as he hugs Jones.
The heartwarming exchange was caught on camera, and once shared online, it quickly went viral. The incident happened at Lakeview Public School in Cottonwood, Minnesota when the students were learning about colourblindness in their science class.
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My 12 year old son Jonathan is extremely color blind. Today in his science class at the amazing Lakeview Schools, his fellow color blind principal, Scott Hanson changed his life by sharing his color blind glasses. This is what true leadership looks like in practice my friends 💗
The video also showed how his teacher and friends encouraged him to check out the colourful periodical table and a painting kept on the desk in the class. The family of the boy was grateful and touched by the principal’s heartwarming gesture and couldn’t thank him enough.
“This is just a great example of the huge impact that teachers can have on kids. We need to pay our teachers more; they more than deserve it,” the brother of the boy wrote on Twitter sharing the video, which was watched over 7 million times. The family also started a GoFundMe page to sponsor the new glasses for the boy, however, when flooded with overwhelming donations, they decided to contribute the excess funds to others with similar visual impairment, who can’t afford it.
My mom started up a go fund me to get my brother his own pair so he can start seeing the world in color. Any excess funds will go to the Enchroma Foundation who provide these glasses to those in need: https://t.co/ZXyhh7P1PR
— Ben Jones (@BenJones_5) November 22, 2019
The video was shared by thousands of people online and many not only lauded the principal for his selfless act but also highlighted how teachers often go above and beyond to ensure their student’s betterment.
God Bless all of our teachers. Let’s pay them properly. https://t.co/PVsZkj5TTK
— Tim Matheson (@Tim_Matheson) November 23, 2019
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 23, 2019
Need more of this ! And Salute and GOD Bless all teachers who have this level of compassion and love for their kids! We don’t say enough!!!✊🏿💯
— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) November 23, 2019
What this teacher did is HUGE, he showed his heart and soul to this young man but also to the students in that class. This teacher taught 💕 LOVE 💕 which this country needs more of
— Rach (@Rachael_NC) November 23, 2019
This is why I’m on twitter …for stories like this. https://t.co/fscqECG6JC
— Matt Yocum (@MattYocum) November 23, 2019
Empathy + Action = A Better World
— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) November 23, 2019
Bro this is the difference between teachers & educators. Teachers do a job & some students like & remember them. Educators DELIBERATELY impact students lives in a positive manner & and are loved FOREVER.
— Cover2Lew (@Cover2Lew) November 23, 2019
This is amazing. Just think about all someone takes for granted and then you see this. Such a little thing that means the world to a person. It’s beautiful and I shed happy tears.
— Amanda K L (@AmandaLeatherm3) November 22, 2019
Give that Principle a great big hug for his understanding of all of his students, his insight and ability to assist where, when, and needed this should be noted as remarkable for this day & time !
— Scott Miller (@ScottMi19219021) November 22, 2019
Fantastic story! Not only does the principal change your brother’s life, he changes the lives of all those kids and of everyone who sees the video. Awesome and humbling.
— Pete Anthan (@peterbigblock) November 23, 2019
The things that we experience everyday and take for granted. This young man helps me to remember to be grateful and I thank him for his inspiration.
— Jason Lumpkin (@JasonLumpkin7) November 23, 2019