Meet an exemplary teacher, Jim Freeman. The man offered to carry 10-year old Ryan Neighbors on his back during their hiking trip so that the girl would not miss out on the fun with her friends and classmates.
When 10-year old Ryan Neighbors was not able to attend the school field trip because of her disability, Jim Freeman stepped forward to save the trip and volunteered to carry the 10-year old on his back to let her enjoy the trip with her classmates and friends. Ryan, at Tully Elementary School in Louisville, Ky., suffers from spina bifida, it is a form of birth defect where the spine and the spinal cord do not develop properly.
The condition left Neighbors wheelchair bound, not allowing her to have fun trips with her classmates that aren't wheelchair accessible.
When the school announced another trip at Falls of the Ohio State Park, Ryan's mom Shelly King thought that her daughter would be missing out on the fun again. However, King's thought was proven wrong when the Fourth-grade teacher Jim Freeman decided to come forward and volunteer to carry the little girl on his back for the trip so she does not miss out on the fun. The teacher offered to carry her — a gesture King said “came out of the blue,” as Freeman wasn’t her teacher and hadn’t even interacted with her much up to that point.
The man kept on his word and on the day of the trip he strapped the little girl on his back, giving her a piggyback ride throughout the hiking trip and he was not a least bit hesitant in carrying the girl. Talking to a news channel, Freeman said, “This is the part I’ve been waiting for, when she was strapped in."
Neighbors, on the other hand, had the time of her life during the trip. The girl says in the video, “When I got to see the fossils and stuff I was like, ‘Wow, that’s, like, really cool,’ ” Neighbors says in the video. “I haven’t got to see that before!” King was moved to tears by Freeman's kind gesture, saying, “He isn’t even Ryan’s teacher, and he was so pure-hearted that he wanted to make sure she was included and not left out.”
King posted the pictures of the trip on her Facebook account and the pictures went viral overnight. People were impressed by Freeman's gesture and gave a shoutout to him for being an exemplary teacher. “You are wonderful,” said one commenter. “Been reading all week about special needs students being mistreated. So happy to know there are schools and teachers who care so much for their students.”
Freeman has made this clear that he did not do the act to get recognition, “This is just one physical act that you can see, but we do this countless times throughout the school day and throughout the year.”
Neighbors say, “Never feel like you’re left alone.”