Without a doubt, a teacher’s influence has the power to reach far beyond the classroom. This is exactly what happened when a South Carolina teacher helped save the life of a student’s dad outside the classroom.
On Feb. 6, Keller Sutherland, a teacher from Ellen Woodside Elementary, Greenville County, South Carolina, left early after a meeting got canceled, feeling as if she wasn’t “making enough of a difference in her students’ lives.”
“A day I felt like I was failing at everything, and a day where I simply texted a few friends of mine and asked for prayer!” she wrote on a Facebook post.
Having a bad day, Sutherland grabbed a pack of crackers from a vending machine before driving home. She was eagerly hoping to get home to take a rest; however, “GOD had a different plan.”
As Sutherland drove on highway 25, she noticed a little kid riding his bike. The traffic was heavy, yet the boy was alone biking down an extremely busy four-lane highway. Sensing something was amiss, she turned her car around to go after the child.
Sutherland managed to catch up with the boy, whom she realized was one of her first-grade students from last year, Cameron Simoncic.
Curious, Sutherland rolled down the window and asked Cameron what was going on. In a hurry, the boy said he was going to his grandma’s and couldn’t tell her much. After Sutherland probed further, Cameron explained what happened.
It transpired that Cameron found his diabetic dad lying unconscious in the kitchen when he got back home from school that day. “My dad has diabetes and whenever he has these episodes and whenever it happens, his brain can’t function,” the 7-year-old boy told WSPA.
In school, Cameron was taught how to call 911 using both an Android and iPhone phone when they’re locked, but unfortunately, his dad’s mobile phone was not the same. Not knowing the passcode of his dad’s phone, he ran to his neighbors to ask for help; unfortunately, nobody was at home.
In the desperate attempt to seek help for his helpless father, who was in need of emergency medical attention, Cameron got on his bicycle and bravely embarked on a dangerous 5-mile ride down the busy four-lane highway to reach his grandma’s house. Thankfully, Cameron met his first-grade teacher Sutherland while on his way to get help.
Yesterday was a day that I will never forget! I was heading home from work when I noticed a small child riding his bike…
“After two gentlemen who also stopped contacted police and first responders we were able to make it back to the home just in time to help his dad!” Sutherland wrote.
“The ambulance came, the firemen came. The firemen were really nice to me,” Cameron said.
To revive Cameron’s dad, the first responders gave him an injection and fed him with the crackers that Sutherland bought to normalize his blood sugar levels. According to Sutherland, the father has been doing great after the incident.
In awe of Cameron’s efforts to save his dad, where he showed “amazing strength and determination,” Sutherland shared the story on Facebook a day after, and she praised the boy in front of his class the following Monday.
“Cameron inspires me because he was very brave and determined to get help for his dad,” Sutherland presented on a computer screen during the class.
Sutherland was beyond grateful to chance upon Cameron at the right time, in the right place. She believes it wasn’t a coincidence but “a divine intervention from God” to show her “teaching goes far beyond the classroom and that what we do for our students outside the classroom is way more important!”
Teachers create bonds with their students every day. This week a teacher and student saved a life. Keller Sutherland was driving home from Ellen Woodside Elementary when she saw a child riding down Highway 25 on his bicycle. The child appeared scared and was peddling as fast as he could. Sutherland recognized the child as one of her former students. With her help Cameron was able to get home safely and contact first responders to revive his unconscious father.
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Having rediscovered her life purpose as a teacher, Sutherland’s heart was filled with gratitude.
In a video posted on the Facebook page of “Greenville County Schools,” Sutherland said: “When I see myself as a teacher, it just goes so far beyond the classroom. Like I truly care for these kids, just to see that on a day when I wasn’t making an impact and God just intervened and placed me where I needed to be in that moment for Cameron.”
When Sutherland asked Cameron about the person who had inspired him, the boy uttered: “You.”
“Because you helped me with my dad,” he then said shyly.
The video has since garnered more than 96,000 views, with many parents applauding Cameron for his bravery and Sutherland for going above and beyond for her students. “Cameron you are so brave! There’s no better teacher than Keller Sutherland!” one user wrote.
Another commented: “Mrs. Sutherland is awesome. My daughter had her last year as well. Kiera still talks about how much she loves her.”
“Mrs. Keller Hayes Sutherland is an amazing woman!! She truly does love every child she not only has the pleasure of teaching but everyone she meets,” wrote another.
Amongst the many comments was a thank you message from Cameron’s mother, Ginnie DeMore.
She wrote: “We were so blessed Mrs Sutherland was passing by that day. My sweet Cameron was so brave and he told me he was so relieved that afternoon when he saw Mrs. Sutherland. God was watching out for my baby that day. Thank you Mrs. Sutherland. Mr. McCain, Mr. Deese and everyone that helped us out.”
Cameron, you are truly a brave little boy. Thank you, Sutherland, for being such a dedicated and caring teacher.