After boy’s video game system was stolen, kids took action. But what they did—teacher got involved

December 21, 2017 11:59 am Last Updated: December 21, 2017 11:59 am

Shawn Hawkins is a typical school boy attending Antioch High School in California. When he’s done with his school work he especially enjoys playing video games.

One of Hawkins’ favorite ways to play games is though his Nintendo 3DS XL system, which is a portable device. However, the device had a lot more meaning to him than it would to other students.

The 3DS was actually a gift from his grandmother.

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As he treasured the device, it was a devastating blow to Hawkins when somebody decided to steal it. He shared a plea for its safe return on a class whiteboard, but with no success.

Hawkins was distraught without the system, and his classmates noticed how sad he seemed. One student, Shawna Caniliano, shared Hawkins’ story on Facebook.

“We go to Antioch High School,” Cantiliano explained in the post. “I saw this message that Shawn Hawkins wrote on our white board, through a series of Snapchats my friends were posting. The announcement that Shawn wrote on the board, was basically him begging for his 3DS XL back; and that he would not tell anyone if it was returned, that it means a lot—it was a gift from his grandma.”

With the system still not returned, Cantiliano decided that she was going to be the one to stand up and try and do something to make Hawkins feel a little bit better.

The fellow student wanted to help Hawkins get his stolen 3DS back.

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But with the 3DS looking like it was gone for good, Cantiliano decided to do the next best thing and get him a new one.

“So, I posted on Snapchat an announcement that I was gonna collect cash donations at school, and to come find me if you want to make a donation to Shawn Hawkins for a new 3DS,” Cantiliano went on to say.

From there, Cantiliano approached a teacher for further help in her project. What the teacher decided to do really surprised her.

“I then asked my favorite teacher, Ms. Grimm, if she’d like to make a donation,” Cantiliano said. “She told me that she’ll go out that very night and buy it; raise whatever money I can raise by the next morning, and she’ll pay whatever difference there is!”

Finally with a new system in hand, all that was left was to wrap it up and present it to Hawkins.

Cantiliano was really excited to give the 3DS to Hawkins.

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“The next morning, my friend, Piper, wrapped the gift,” Cantiliano said. “When we went to go give Shawn the gift, Ms. Grimm asked us to record it, so Piper did so on her phone.”

In an emotional video that was captured by Piper, Hawkins was given the new 3DS. Quickly becoming emotional, he grabbed Cantiliano in a tight hug, saying “thank you, thank you,” over and over again.

For Cantiliano, the entire process was meant to show Hawkins that even though someone did a cruel act by taking his system, there still existed individuals at the school who were generous and kind. She hopes to inspire others to do similarly selfless acts of good.

Watch Hawkins receive the 3DS below.

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"We go to Antioch High School. I saw this message that Shawn Hawkins wrote on our white board, through a series of Snapchats my friends were posting. The announcement that Shawn wrote on the board, was basically him begging for his 3DS XL back; and that he would not tell anyone if it was returned, that it means a lot—it was a gift from his grandma. So, I posted on Snapchat an announcment that I was gonna collect cash donations at school, and to come find me if you want to make a donation to Shawn Hawkins for a new 3DS. I then asked my favorite teacher, Ms. Grimm, if she’d like to make a donation… She told me that she’ll go out that very night and buy it; raise whatever money I can raise by the next morning, and she’ll pay whatever difference there is! The next morning, my friend, Piper, wrapped the gift. When we went to go give Shawn the gift, Ms. Grimm asked us to record it, so Piper did so on her phone."#LoveWhatMattersA Love What Matters Original Video Submitted by Shawna Cantiliano

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