Compassionate high schoolers sit with lonely freshman at lunch who felt like no one wanted to be his friend
High school can be scary for a lot of kids, especially freshmen that are starting their first week. It’s new, unfamiliar and busy, which makes it easy to get lost in the shuffle. But it was especially rough on a freshman named Caleb Wrenn.
The 14-year-old freshman texted his older sister on his first day at Reidsville Senior High, telling her all about the things that had gone wrong which had left him feeling lonely and small.
“I sat alone at lunch and got lost three times,” he told his sister Leah Edwards, who is in college. Wrenn said no one would be his friend because he’s short.
Edwards posted a screenshot of the text, along with a photo of her little brother, on Twitter. “Retweet to let my baby brother know that he is cool before I have to pull up to RHS,” she wrote.
Retweet to let my baby brother know that he is cool before I have to pull up to RHS pic.twitter.com/ybIjzEtIdP
— leah (@LEAHNFJK) August 26, 2019
Little did she know, the post about her little brother would go viral, and Wrenn’s problem would be solved.
The next day, the tweet had been re-shared thousands of times, and a senior student at the North Carolina school replied to Edwards. “I’ll sit with em today at lunch watch,” Timothy Thaxton wrote.
Then Edwards saw a photo that warmed her heart — her brother seated at a school lunch table, surrounded by upperclassmen.
@LEAHNFJK I told you I was going to be with him at lunch now he got a whole gang !!! And simple reminder is Steve invited your family out to a grizzly game on Saturday at 7 and it’s free please always remind him that he always got a place at my table pic.twitter.com/VpV8URlnSs
— Therealist.tt🥵 (@ThaxtonTimothy) August 27, 2019
“They simply saw my tweet and wanted to make a difference,” Edwards told CBS News via direct message on Twitter. “They surprised him with a whole group of boys and now he has people to sit with at lunch.”
Edwards, a student at Appalachian State University, said one of the students just happened to see her viral tweet. “I never thought it’d get so much attention,” Edwards said.
The lunchroom kindness wasn’t just a one-time thing — according to his sister, Wrenn has a newfound group of friends.
“I didn’t know the boys prior to this happening and neither did he! Now they all have my mother’s phone number and we’re all one big family,” she told CBS News. “It really brought our community together.”
If you ever see someone who looks lonely, don’t even think about it, head over and introduce yourself. You’ll be surprised how that might change your life as well.