MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC) -
Seniors at Cosby High School are getting a lot of attention on social media after surprising one of their classmates who has autism. Anchors for the Titan News Network (TNN) decided to give a gift to one of their super-fans, not realizing how much that gift would actually mean.
Jared is a freshman at Cosby High School who has autism. One of his favorite shows you won’t find on TV, but online, through Cosby High’s website, where three seniors—Jimi Venti, Cory Richards and Chandler Hill—anchor the school’s news broadcast on the Titan News Network.
Jared’s mother, Tammy Burns, says he’s addicted to his school’s news program.
“He watches it over and over again,” Burns said.
One day, word of his love for the show got back to the anchor trio.
“He’s like your super-fan; he loves the show,” Venti said. “He can recite it all; he watches it every day.”
Hill, Richards and Venti decided they would surprise Jared by making a TNN shirt for him, bringing it to his classroom and signing it.
“We gave him his shirt and his reaction was priceless,” Richards said. “I’ve never seen someone so excited before."
Burns says the boys had no idea how much their kind act really meant to her son.
“He couldn't stop talking about it ... to Jared, that was like meeting a famous movie star or sports star,” she said. “It’s just amazing for us and our family.”
Burns posted what the TNN anchors did online, and word about their surprise started to spread. They never realized how much it would mean.
“You just have no idea how much of an impact you can leave on someone’s life,” Hill said.
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