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Texas Custodian Comforts Autistic Student on a Rough Day

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According to ABC 13, Kenlee, a Passmore Elementary fourth-grader from Alvin, Texas, who has autism, was overwhelmed by noises in her school cafeteria earlier this month. A custodian at the elementary school took a few moments to comfort her, and the image of that moment has taken over the internet.

In an effort to assist Kenlee, Mrs. Esther, a Passmore Elementary custodian, took a moment to stretch out on the school stage with her. The child’s mother, Hollie Bellew-Shaw, said that Kenlee and Mrs. Esther share a unique bond. She explained that Mrs. Esther always takes time to show kindness to Kenlee. The photo was shared on Facebook by the Alvin Independent School District on September 13, 2019. With it, the post was captioned: “Sometimes you just need to take a break! When Kenlee, a Passmore Elementary 4th grader, was having a rough day, Mrs. Esther, a custodian at the school, got on the floor with her and just held her. Kenlee’s mother, Hollie Bellew-Shaw, posted this picture on social media to show the compassion and love Alvin ISD employees show to their students.”

The photo has been viewed by more than 2K readers and shared close to 600 times. It’s not a viral post like one would tend to see shared by multi-media influencers, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less powerful. “This warms my heart! I hope Mrs. Esther realizes how much her actions mean to that little girl. She will always remember her kindness and understanding. Bless you Mrs. Esther for taking the time to show compassion,” one commenter wrote. Another expressed their love of the image saying, “I saw this on the news this morning. My son is also Autistic and I love this. Blessings to Mrs. Esther❤ I’m glad she can be there in every way for this student and any student. She is a very Special Woman. God Bless her.” In a statement to People.com, Rachel Moore, the Alvin Independent School District spokesperson, said that “Mrs. Esther exhibits everything that Alvin ISD strives to be.”