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Students Cheer on Disabled Student During Basketball Game

When a teacher at the school captured the heartwarming moment on video, she knew she had to share it with the world.


Sometimes, being included is all that matters.

A group of students at Topsail Elementary School in North Carolina proved that last week when they invited Francis Veras Espinal, a third grader in a wheelchair, to join their basketball game during recess.

Espinal is part of the school's adaptive Exceptional Children's program, and teachers noticed that some of the fifth graders would invite the EC students to join them in their games during their shared recess.

A video captured by a teacher at the school last Wednesday shows a few students cheering on Espinal as he moved his wheelchair around the small basketball court. One of the boys pushed the chair toward the hoop, and when Espinal passed the ball to another child, he dunked it.

The students loudly cheered and shared high-fives, with Espinal at the center of the group, cheering excitedly. The school captioned the video, "Some lessons can't be taught in a classroom"

The moment quickly went viral, and people commented on the boys' compassion toward the disabled student.

One person wrote, "I cannot stop watching this. The joy on all of their faces is a beautiful thing! My heart is full watching it!"

Another person commented, "So awesome this just shows how everybody can get along no matter color of skin or what struggles or illnesses we may face every day."

With 82 comments and over 3,300 shares, the video is a powerful reminder that acts of kindness will always be trending.

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(Source: images & video Topsail Elementary School Facebook )

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