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Meet the teacher who made headlines walking his students home daily

Published: Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 11:08 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

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It’s the picture that’s gone viral: An elementary school teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, caught on camera walking the young students home from school.

Carl Schneider, a third- through fifth-grade special education teacher at the school, told FOX13 he actually feels a little silly about all the attention.

“This is just part of my routine and it's something that I look forward to,” said Schneider. “I was kind of surprised but at the same time I'm also really glad that people know the teachers in this community are really invested in the community.”

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It started as an effort three years ago to make sure the nearly 200 Whitney Achievement Elementary students make the mile and a half walk home safely.

“When we started to launch the school we recognized that there was a need in the community for children to be able to get home safely,” said Principal Debra Broughton.

But it’s turned into more.

Schneider told FOX13 it’s helped break the formal boundaries of teacher-and-student and build a more open relationship with the kids.

“I have a student on a behavior so every day I give his dad a copy of his behavior sheet and we have a quick debrief about the behavior of the day,” said Schneider. “I don't teach kindergarten but I have three to four kinderdartners who look for me every day and we all hold hands and walk together.”

Schneider has four other teachers helping him walk the 40 students home: Kevin Sullivan, Auriel Rolle-Polk, Allison Thompson and Valeria Bostick. All of them wave and shout “hello” as they walk past not only parents but also neighbors passing by.

“When you build healthy relationships with students, with parents, with partners in the community, that's how transformation really takes place,” said Broughton.

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Missing brothers: Pittsburgh police searching for 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. (Photo via Pittsburgh police)
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Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers

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Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday.

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According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area. 

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-323-7800

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Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

The milky way and traces of meteors illuminate the sky over Burg on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, Friday, April 20, 2018, during the Lyrid meteor shower. (Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)
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