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Arielle Tschinkel
June 01, 2018 7:15 am

Today’s students are often over-scheduled to an insane degree, usually carrying a full class load while balancing extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, home responsibilities, and homework. But that doesn’t mean most teachers are cool with their students falling asleep in class. However, one high school English teacher reacted in the most unexpected — and compassionate — way when he noticed one of his students snoozing during a lecture…as in, he let her sleep.

Monte Syrie, a teacher at Cheney High School in Cheney, Washington, took to Twitter to share the story, and his tweets have since gone viral, with many applauding him for his understanding and common-sense approach to the situation.

Syrie explained that he decided not to wake his student, a girl named Meg, because he knew she was balancing chores, schoolwork, athletics, and “adolescent angst,” adding, “My class is only a part of her life, not her life.”

He added, "No, she did not use her time wisely in class yesterday. She didn't get her essay turned in. She knew that. I knew that, but I didn't beat her up about it."

Syrie went on to explain that Meg turned in her essay “on her own” that night at 9 p.m., adding that in another class she might have been written up for falling asleep, or received a failing grade for missing the deadline—but he wanted to “give her a break.”

He added, “She was not being rude or disrespectful yesterday when she nodded off. She was tired. So I gave her a break. I can do that.”

Syrie ran into Meg at the grocery store the next day at 6:45 a.m., where she explained she’d been up since five in the morning getting chores done.

The world can always use a little more kindness and understanding, and we, too, are applauding. Thank you, Mr. Syrie!

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