A sweet yearbook-signing photo seems to have won over the Internet. It shows students at Alan Shepard Elementary School in Bourbonnais, Illinois, lining up to have "Mr. Steve"—aka Steve Weidner, the school custodian—sign their books. “He pays attention to the kids," principal Shirley Padera tells WGN. “The kids know if anything happens, Mr. Steve is going to take care of it.” The school district first posted the photo on its Facebook page, saying Mr. Steve had attained "Rock Star status," and from there it got picked up at Reddit.
As WILX explains, there was nothing staged about it. Weidner, who has been at the school for 15 years, was on the school playground June 2 when students were given some time to sign each other's books. "So many of the children wanted him to sign their books that someone got him a chair, and a line of children formed to the left," it adds. No word from Weidner himself, but the school says he was touched by the outpouring. (Elsewhere, a teacher was inspired by his students' anonymous notes.)