FAMILY & PARENTING

First-Grade Teacher Peeks In Girl’s Pink Backpack, Then Realizes She Brought 2 Kittens To School

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

Do you check your child’s book bag when they head out the door to school every morning?

When you think of what’s in a backpack, you probably think of the usual things, like homework, notebooks, a pencil case, and their lunch.

Those are typically the standard items that one might find in a child’s bag.

But one young teacher got the shock of a lifetime when she peered into her student’s backpack and found something that she never expected!

Anna Kate Hood posted a photo of the backpack in question on her Facebook page, where it quickly went viral. It’s a simple story, but it seems to have resonated with people because of how it demonstrates the pure and innocent nature of animal-loving little kids.

Scroll through to read about this hilarious incident and to see just what Anna found in her student’s backpack!

Thumbnail Photos: Facebook / Anna Kate Hood // Flickr / Chris Winters

[H/T: LoveWhatMatters]

Anna Kate Hood is a first-grade teacher at Heard Elementary School in Macon, Georgia.

School started back in early August. But for this new teacher, things got a little bit wild in her classroom just a few weeks into the new school year!

One of Anna’s students showed up to school one day with a little pink backpack.

Anna decided to take a look inside the bag for reasons she didn’t specify.

When she peered into it, she saw something she definitely wasn’t prepared for: two tiny kittens!

Anna shared a photo of the unzipped bag with two cuddly kittens nestled inside on August 28, 2017.

The kittens look content as could be and not at all stressed out to be lounging in a backpack. The student even put a blanket in there to keep the kittens nice and cozy!

“They tell teachers to be prepared for anything, but I was not ready to open a book bag this morning and find two kittens,” the teacher wrote. “My student said she even put food in there and wanted to keep them at her desk to cuddle with after she finished her work. Gotta love first grade.”

Anna’s post quickly went viral. Since it was posted last week, the photo and funny caption have been shared over 15,000 times and it has nearly 3,000 comments.

Clearly, a lot of people can relate to this funny moment on a personal level.

When Anna’s photo was picked up by Love What Matters, it received nearly 10,000 shares. Several teachers chimed in with similar stories.

“I have had a fish pulled out of a backpack and presented to me with the message, ‘My mom says that if you say we can’t keep him as our class pet, I have to get rid of him.’ Welcome to our room, Bubbles Goliath,” one fellow teacher shared.

Some commenters even recalled doing the same thing themselves.

One person mentioned her own stealthy backpack cat rescue from her younger days.

“I did this in high school! Kids were kicking and throwing water on a cat that was in the school grounds so I picked him up put him in my backpack and took him home where he lived the rest of his days very loved,” she explained.

A decidedly less cute version of Anna’s story was experienced by a former kindergarten teacher, who said a girl from a different class brought a live mouse to school in her backpack.

I think I would have reacted exactly the same way that the teacher and her coworkers did after the girl produced the mouse — namely jumping up onto a bench or running away!

Apparently, Anna’s student didn’t have such an uncommon idea, based on the number of people who responded saying they (or a student) have done pretty much the exact same thing.

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