People are losing it over this cringe-worthy video of news anchors trying to talk like “the youth”

There’s nothing quite as cringe-worthy as adults attempting to talk like teens…and failing. And recently, anchors and reporters from Toledo news station WTOL attempted to cheer on local students…by speaking to them in “their language.” While the “lit” motivational video was reportedly only meant to be seen by Toledo public school students, the clip was posted to Twitter and quickly went viral.

While admittedly painful to watch, the clip served as an important reminder to not drop “Gucci” around the Gen-Z kids in our lives unless we want to get roasted.

However,  while the anchors and reporters may have gotten trolled by a vast majority of the internet, the reason for making the video was actually good-intentioned. “[Toledo public schools] has had two consecutive failing grades on the Ohio state report card. 800 TPS students were absent during the 2018 Ohio state test,” the WTOL post read. “There are fears that a third consecutive failing grade could lead to a state takeover of the district.”

With this major concern in mind, Toledo public schools reached out to a number of media outlets, including WTOL, for help getting students ready and motivated for the test.

“We know as journalists, community leaders and human beings that we can’t just report on problems in our communities. We have a responsibility to try and help, said WTOL morning news anchor Melissa Andrews. “When we heard what was on the line, we felt like we had to do something different to connect with these kids. This was an effort to reach kids where they are—on social media and to give them a laugh at our expense.

We applaud WTOL’s efforts…even if they did go unintentionally (and hilariously) viral.

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