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A high school student chose to give his exam bonus points to a failing classmate.
Winston Lee, a history teacher at Letcher County Central High School, shared the student’s act of kindness on Facebook. According to Lee, his straight A student wrote a note on his exam paper requesting that his bonus points be given to the classmate who scores the lowest on the exam.
The selfless student could have gotten a score of 99 on the exam with the 5 bonus points. Instead, he ended up with a score of 94 after transferring the extra points to a classmate who needed them more.
Although Lee kept the recipient’s identity anonymous, he revealed that it was a female student who would have failed the test without the five extra points.
The straight A student’s good deed left Lee astonished. He said that it was a rare and compassionate act toward others.
In his social media post, Lee encouraged everyone to follow the student’s example in doing kind acts.
Lee’s post garnered a lot of positive comments, but some people found the student’s act questionable. One commenter said that it might be better to directly help struggling students address their difficulties. Another commented that grades are supposed to be a reflection of what students have learned.
Despite the negative comments, Lee remains unfazed and believes that the student had the right to give away his points. He added that it was a selfless gesture for the boy.