A video recently posted on YouTube showing a little boy comforting an unhappy classmate on their first day of kindergarten has gone viral, attracting nearly 1 million views in just a matter of days.
The video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=PclvpXg8CBc) was taken at a kindergarten in Chiayi.
In it, a little boy, identified as Alston, comforts the girl, Anita, sitting next to him, who is on the verge of tears because she fears that her mother would not return for her.
Photo: Taipei Times
After Alston reassures Anita that her mother would come “as soon as she wakes up from her nap,” she asks him: “Would you give me a hug?”
Alston initially thinks the girl was asking for a teacher to hug her, but when he realizes Anita wants him to hug her, he declines by saying: “I think I am too young for that.”
He then slaps the desk with his hand and says: “Don’t worry — I will protect you.”
He also suggests that she take a nap next to him during naptime.
The video appears to have touched the hearts of many viewers and was also picked up by other such news outlets as the British newspaper the Daily Mail, The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed.
“This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen,” one netizen wrote.
“I wish guys my age were as caring as this little guy,” another netizen commented
According to the kindergarten, the video was taken three years ago during breakfast, after teachers asked the boys in the class to take care of their female classmates as a class activity to help the children get used to school life.
Alston and Anita are now first-graders in different elementary schools, the school added.
In response to the soaring popularity of the video clip, the kindergarten on Saturday last week posted an “extended cut” of the original on YouTube.
The extended version features previously unseen scenes such as Alston handing a napkin to Anita, whose face was wet with tears, stroking her head and asking her to look at the camera.
In the credits for the extended clip, the school said the video was made with the idea that it might help to instill a sense of optimism in society by showing “the kind, pure and adorable aspects of kids.”
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung