The school is part of the community and parents and school faculty and staff have to work together to create a better and safer place for the students. But what if the school is quick to judge a student without knowing the entirety of his situation?
That is what mom Nicole had to deal with when her son was shamed in school for being late. Nicole couldn’t believe what happened, but right when things were looking bleak, her community stepped up to help her family in a way she never expected.
Nicole’s son, Hunter, was late to school on particular day. He wasn’t always late, but that day, the family car had broken down. Also, sometimes, because of Nicole’s poor health, Hunter would not make it to school on time on a few other days. On one particular day, Nicole visited her son’s school to see how he was doing.
It was lunch time, so she was expecting her son to be sitting with his classmates at the cafeteria. The sight that greeted her instead made her heart weep.
Instead of her six-year-old boy enjoying his lunch with his classmates, he was sitting alone in a different bench. There was a cardboard partition in front of him and a cup with the letter “D” in front of him. According to school, they did this to teach Hunter a lesson after he had been late one time too many.
When Nicole saw this, she took a picture of her son as evidence of the school’s behavior. They shamed a young boy in front of his peers for something that wasn’t even his fault and was out of his control. Hunter was sitting alone on a bench in tears.
The picture was posted and shared more than 75,000 times on Facebook. It went viral and was picked up by several news programs. It also directed attention to the school’s policies.
But while the family was busy dealing with Hunter’s school, the rest of their community in the town was also busy. They were planning a surprise for the family.
They went to Kelly’s Automotive Service, where they left their broken down car. They were expecting to be told that their car was beyond hope. What they didn’t expect was a new vehicle, a Chrysler van! Several groups in the community put in $1,300 worth of work to get this van up and running and in good condition for the Cmelo family. Dad Marc was still reeling from the surprise, saying that he was glad there were still a lot of good people out there.
When one of their own needed help, this community certainly stepped up to the challenge.
The chemistry between these golden ladies of the 80’s sitcom era was spot on, and everyone seemed to get along fantastically on the show. However, years after the series left the airwaves, Betty White reveals that not everything behind the scenes was as quite golden as it actually appeared.
Betty White, now in her 90’s, initially shot to fame a decade earlier in her role as Sue Ann Nivens in the 1970’s classic sitcom, Mary Tyler Moore. She continued to stay in the limelight with various other television roles, but her ditsy portrayal of Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls turned Betty into one of America’s most senior sweethearts.
In a revealing interview with Joy Behar, Betty was quick to point out that while she got along with everyone, Bea Arthur wasn’t actually quite so fond her. She was confused as to why she got the cold shoulder from her cast mate, and exclaimed:
“I don’t know what I ever did. I don’t know. But, she was not that thrilled with me. But, I loved Bea and I admired her.”
Although she’s still in the prime of her golden years, Betty remembered those earlier golden days with fondness, but expressed sad disbelief at the fact that she’s the only one who’s still alive.
Betty was born in January of 1922, which made her older than all the other women on the show. Ironically, Bea Arthur was actually a year older than Estelle Getty, who played her TV mom, in real life. The makeup team on the show spent hours creating wrinkles on Estelle’s face to make her look much older than she actually was.
“I can’t believe I’m the only one left. Because I was the oldest – it’s so silly! ”
She cheekily recalled how Estelle came back to the show after a summer hiatus with a new face lift, which put the makeup team into a a real tizzy! Betty also mentioned that Estelle was mortally afraid of any talk about passing away. Unfortunately for Estelle, scenes with funerals and caskets were a regular part of the show.
Betty, on the other hand, has a fabulous viewpoint when it comes to thinking about the end of her life. Her mother always told her:
“We know so many things. We know almost everything in the world, but we don’t know what happens at that moment. A lot of people think they do, but they don’t. So, whenever we lose somebody, now he knows the secret.”
With a beautiful smile and twinkle in her eye, Betty said that now her mother knows the secret, too. Hopefully, Betty herself won’t discover that secret for many more years to come, because even after all this time,this sprite little lady is still America’s golden sweetheart.
Find out even more about Betty’s world in this lighthearted interview with Joy Behar.