You only have to be a human to feel empathy for others. This is the lesson this eight grade teacher from Henderson, Kentucky is giving us today.
Brandon Holeman is an 8th grader teacher from Henderson, Kentucky, is going viral for his video on tik tok. In his video, the teacher explained the reason why he let one of his students to sleep in class. The short clip was only shared in February but since then it has garnered more than 5 million views.
In his video, Holeman explains the reason why it is not bad to let a student take a break in his class, "I've said this on plenty of live streams, but never on a video: Sometimes the nicest thing a teacher can do for a student is to let them come in, lay their head down, and go to sleep," Holeman said in the video. "And here's a perfect example."
Holeman says that his student was feeling down since the morning and he could see it. But it was early in the morning and maybe he didn't take his coffee. "You could tell something was wrong, but it was early in the morning," Holeman said. "Maybe he just hadn't had his coffee."
As soon as the class started, his student's friend approached him and told him to take it easy on his student as he lost his grandfather last night. "My first thought is, 'Why is he even here today?'" Holeman recalled. "But my second thought is, 'He's here. So what can I do about it?' I know I'm not going to call him out. I know I'm not going to say anything in front of the whole class, but here's what I do."
That day Holeman's class had a big test in the class. After passing out the papers in class, Holeman attached a post-it note on his student's paper, that read, "I'm sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you. You already have a 100 on this test. Don't even worry about it. Just turn it in."
"Sometimes, as teachers, our tests are not as important as the student's personal life," Holeman explained at the end of the post. "And we all need to recognize that, students and teachers both.
In his interview with BuzzFeed News reporter Krista Torres, Holeman said, that he nearly deleted his now-viral video because he didn't want people to think that he was cashing on his student's loss for views and likes.
"However, I'm so thankful that people have received the message and meaning behind the video," he added.