Custodian lies on floor to comfort upset child with autism
Hollie Bellew-Shaw's daughter, who has autism, was having a tough day at school.
Fourth-grader, Kenlee, was struggling with the noise in the cafeteria, and resorted to hiding under a blanket on the stage. Luckily, however, help was at hand in the form of her favourite school custodian, Mrs Esther.
In a display of "kindness and affection", Mrs Esther lay down on the floor and held the nine-year-old to comfort her.
This teacher, however, completely lost his cool when his students played a prank on him:
The resulting image was shared on the Facebook page of Alvin Independent School District. and has since garnered hundreds of comments praising the custodian's actions.
"Sometimes you just need to take a break! When Kenlee, a Passmore Elementary 4th grader, was having a rough day, Mrs Esther, a custodian at the school, got on the floor with her and just held her," the post reads.
"Kenlee’s mother, Hollie Bellew-Shaw, posted this picture on social media to show the compassion and love Alvin ISD employees show to their students," it continued.
"Kenlee adores Mrs. Esther,” Bellew-Shaw shared. 'She always greets my daughter with kind words and a hug which is so special to her.'
This goes to show you that a kind word, a hug, and a little compassion are all it takes to make a huge difference in a child’s life."
"This warms my heart! I hope Mrs Esther realizes how much her actions mean to that little girl. She will always remember her kindness and understanding," wrote one Facebook user in response to the picture. "Bless you Mrs. Esther for taking the time to show compassion."
Per ABC13, the child's mother said that whenever Kenlee sees Mrs Esther, she runs straight up to her to give her a big hug.
Well, it's certainly true that a little kindness can go a long way.