A Man with Special Needs Had No Family, So His Former Teacher Took Him In

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Here's a good story for back-to-school season. And it's a great reminder of just how much teachers care . . .

There's a 30-year-old guy in Waco, Texas named Chris Barrington who has a lot of special needs. He only functions at about a six-year-old level. And he's never had a great home life either.

The only person who took any care of him was his father, who died of leukemia earlier this month. And police recently found Chris wandering down a highway all alone.

He doesn't have any immediate family now. So when cops talked to him, one of the names he gave them was Michell Girard . . . a teacher he hadn't talked to in YEARS.

Michell had him as a student for four years in junior high. And he remembered how nice she was. So the cops talked to her. And she agreed to take him in while they figured out a more long-term solution.

But then she found out he'd probably end up in an institution of some kind. So she just filed paperwork to take PERMANENT custody of him.

She also found out he'd never celebrated Christmas or gotten a birthday gift before. So she just threw him his first birthday party, and says the rest of the year is all about new experiences. 

(KWTX) (Here's a shot of them. Check out footage from his birthday party and an interview with Michell here.) Image © 2019 Getty Images

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