A principal has made headlines this week for his empathetic reaction to an insecure student, and the pictures are nothing short of heartwarming…
A principal has gone above and beyond his duty of care…
By helping out a young student who was embarrassed to take off his hat in class.
Now, a teacher holds a huge amount of responsibility.
They are responsible for the education and livelihoods of their classroom which, ultimately, will help shape their kids into well-rounded adults.
And they see them as a solid influence in their young lives.
Their classroom will more than likely mimic whatever it is they’re doing.
They’re role models!
And recently, a principal has shown us all that empathy is the key to happy students…
When Principal Jason Smith was approached by one of his 8th-grade students after he refused to take off his hat, he came up with the best solution…
And people are in awe of him…
The student, Anthony Moore, told Smith that he didn’t like his haircut and wanted to keep his hat on for the rest of the day…
Although it goes against the school’s policy.
Smith understood why the student was anxious, although didn’t see anything wrong with his haircut himself.
“The barbershop and hair cuts as Black males is very important in the community and looking your best and being sharp — it’s just a cultural aspect,” Smith, of Stonybrook Intermediate and Middle School in Indianapolis said. “Just from my being a Black male myself and coming through that culture and you know, I really think girls matter at that age, which [means] appearance then could matter.”
“He was scared he was going to be laughed at and we were pretty sure no one would notice, but he was looking through his lens,” he added.
Instead of disciplining Moore, Smith offered him a haircut right then and there, to make him feel more comfortable.
“I told him, ‘Look, I’ve been cutting hair since I was your age,’ and I showed him pictures of my son’s haircuts that I did and some of me cutting hair in college,” Smith said.
“And I said, ‘If I run home and get my clippers and fix your line, will you go back to class?'”
Eventually, Moore agreed to let Smith cut his hair after his parents were informed.
“I came back and lined him up, and he went on to class,” Smith said. “[Cutting hair] ended up being a useful skill.”
The picture of Smith cutting the student’s hair quickly went viral on social media…
Many praised Smith for listening to the student and not punishing him.
“This may seem trivial, but shout out to the principal for understanding the significance of appearance and its impact on self-esteem at this age,” one Twitter user said.
“They should add ‘fresh lineup’ to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a sub-point in esteem for black male students.”
Smith said he continued to check up on Moore throughout the day and was happy to see he didn’t wear his hat once.
“All behavior is communication and when a student is struggling, we need to ask ourselves what happened to this child instead of what’s wrong with the child,” Smith said. “What need is the child trying to get met and really, the future of urban education rests on that question.”
Now that’s a role model!
Keep scrolling for a teacher who could learn a thing or two from Smith…