The Sweet Reason A Photo Of A Teen Taking Her 3-Year-Old Brother To Class Is Going Viral

"She not only helped our family out, but returned to her responsibility at school."

A regular routine is what keeps the majority of families functioning during the chaos of work, school, extra curricular activities, and mile-long to-do lists. When an emergency arises, it can potentially mess up the entire routine, which is why having help can be so important. 

Today, the story of one family, whose support for one another saved the day, is going viral thanks to a photo of the event highlighted by ABC News.  The photo shows 17-year-old Stiles Parish in class with her 3-year-old brother, James, asleep on her lap.

Mom Candice Curry explained the situation in a Facebook post shared on May 25. She says the family had an emergency, so she and her husband could not pick up James from school. Parish got her brother to help her parents out, but instead of taking him home, she took James back to her high school so she wouldn't have to miss class. 

Curry only discovered what Parish did after she saw the photo on Snapchat.


"I'm not sure on the legalities here or what kind of rules were broken, but I also just don't care. My sweet teenager helped her family out and returned to her other responsibility, while snuggling her baby brother," Curry wrote.

In an interview with ABC News, Curry said the teenager is studying to be a nurse, and that her teacher welcomed James into the class.

"Her teacher was very supportive and didn't mind him being in the class at all. He slept most of the time and if he had become a problem, my daughter would have taken him out so that she didn't disrupt the other students. She attends an amazing school that clearly sees the value in family and education."

In addition to being proud of Parish for looking after her brother and her school duties, the photo holds a special place in Curry's heart for its tender depiction of a brother and his sister. "The fact that he is sleeping so comfortably on her in the middle of a class full of teenagers tells me how much he trusts her," she said. "As a mom, it makes me so thankful that they have this kind of relationship, and I pray it will always stay this way."

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