Professor's Act of Kindness Moves Single Mom

A toddler was looking for attention
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2015 6:45 PM CDT
DeVry University professor Joel Bunkowske holds a students child while lecturing Monday in Nashville.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – When her 2-year-old son did his best to interrupt a lecture at DeVry University in Nashville this week, student and single mother Amanda Osbon was surprised by the "amazing, patient, and kind" response of her professor, WKRN reports. Osbon says she had no choice but to take little Xzavier to class with her on Monday. “Most of us in the class are parents, so everyone was very understanding that he was there,” she tells WKRN. But in the middle of the lecture, Xzavier—deciding he had to be held by professor Joel Bunkowske—wandered up to the front of the class.

Without hesitation, Bunkowske picked up Xzavier and held him while continuing to teach, WKRN reports. Osbon says she was embarrassed until Bunkowske acknowledged that everyone struggles sometimes. It was a sentiment echoed by DeVry University on its blog: "Although we don’t advise students to bring their children to class, we all know things happen. Way to go, Professor Bunkowske. Thank you for demonstrating true DVU Care in action!" (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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