‘I want my children to know that I care about them’: Former teacher speaks about fire academy’s impact on her children
A former elementary school teacher in North Carolina has shared a video of her son’s graduation from a fire academy that she says led to a sense of closure.
“I wanted my children, as I say, to know I care,” Michelle Lacey says in the video.
“That I know they have a family, that I know that there’s love and that they’re going to have a great future.”
The video, titled ‘I don’t want my kids to know, but I will,’ has been viewed more than 2 million times.
Lacey was a former teacher at the Academy for Fire and Rescue Training in Winston-Salem.
She said her son, then 17, would get excited when he saw his classmates’ graduation cards and was excited when his classmates got to know him.
“We were like, ‘We’re going home with that kid,'” Lacey said.
“And I said, ‘Michelle, what’s your favorite part of this day?
That’s when they get to know you, and when they see the graduation card?’
And he said, “Mom, that’s when you get to meet your family.'”
The video shows a classroom full of young firefighters. “
My son was like, you know, we’re all firefighters,” she said.
The video shows a classroom full of young firefighters.
“He was like a firefighter in his eyes,” Lacey told ABC News.
“You know, he was always so excited when they got there, you just could see it.”
The fire academy she attended was a few miles from her home in Winston, N.C. It was a very different fire school than her son had attended, Lacey noted.
“But it was a place that gave me so much of what I needed,” she added.
Lacerte said she was proud of her daughter and her son for graduating from the academy.
“They didn’t just come in and be the most popular kids in the class,” Lacerce said.
She added that her son is now studying engineering at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.