While driving home from work, a first-grade teacher spotted one of her students frantically pedaling his bike down a busy highway. Afraid he might get hurt, she immediately pulled him over to the side of the road. It was then that she caught one glimpse of his face, telling her everything she needed to know.
After leaving a particularly rough day at work, Ellen Woodside Elementary School teacher Keller Sutherland left for the day. Her meetings for the afternoon had been canceled, so she decided to rest at her home in Greenville, South Carolina, for a few hours before the Wednesday night church service started. However, she encountered something on her drive home that changed everything.
Although many teachers work from the first bell until the time that school lets out, there are exceptional educators who go above and beyond to make an impact on their pupils. Then there are those incredible students who are the ones inspiring their teachers in ways only a child can.
As she drove down US 25, Sutherland spotted a young boy frantically pedaling his heart out down the highway, which has neither a median nor a shoulder. Concerned that he might get hit by the speeding vehicles, she quickly stopped the child only to realize he was one of her former students, a 7-year-old boy named Cameron. It was when she pulled him over that she saw an expression she’ll never forget — a look of sheer terror on the boy’s face.
Sutherland initially asked Cameron if his father knew he was riding his bike down the highway alone. Out of breath, the child responded that he did not. Knowing that Cameron wasn’t one to run away from home, Sutherland pressed the boy for answers. Disturbingly, his confession told her everything she needed to know.