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Upperclassmen Befriend Lonely Student After Awful First Day of School

When a group of upperclassmen heard a younger student was struggling to make friends, they knew they had to help him out.


The first day of school can bring on the nerves, especially for students making the jump from middle to high school.

This was certainly the case for 14-year-old Cale Wrenn, who didn't have the best experience on his first day at Reidsville High School in North Carolina. He texted his older sister, Leah, and told her that he was having trouble making friends and didn't have anyone to sit with at lunch. He said students called him a "loser" because he was shorter than the rest of the students in his class.

As any big sister would, Leah decided to help her brother out. After her conversation with him, she posted screenshots of their texts on Twitter and asked for words of encouragement for Cale.

(Source: @LEAHNFJK )

"Retweet to let my baby brother know that his is cool before I have to pull up to RHS," she wrote.

Almost immediately, she started receiving retweets and heartening comments from her followers. A few seniors from Cale's school even reached out and offered their help.

The next day, a group of upperclassmen sat with Cale at lunch. One of the students who joined Cale, Demontez Canada, is on the school's football and basketball teams.

(Source: @ThaxtonTimothy )

"We decided to catch [Cale] off guard at lunch and have lunch with him, and show him around the school," Canada told WXII12-TV. "We wanted to make sure he was ok and had new friends."

In a news story for WXII12-TV a beaming Cale told the reporter, "It felt really nice to know there are people who care."

(Source: WLKY-TV )

One of Cale's new friends, Tyvon Smoot, said he was happy to step in and do something to help, especially since he had a very similar experience when he started at the school.

"When I see stuff like that, I need to help," Smoot said. "When I first moved to North Carolina, I didn't have any friends, I used to sit by myself - so I know how he feels."

While Cale is happy that he has a new circle of friends at school, he doesn't want the attention he's getting to distract from the real message of his story. He hopes that others will do the same and help out anyone who they see struggling in their own lives.

(Source: WLKY-TV )

In a tweet posted a day after the upperclassmen joined him for lunch, Cale wrote, "That was probably the best experience of my life."

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