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Color-Blind 12-Year-Old Bursts Into Tears When Principal Makes Him See Color For The First Time

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Jonathan Jones, 12, is a seventh-grader at Lakeview High School in Minnesota. Jonathan also recently learned he is severely color-blind.

In November 2019, the school principal, Scott Hanson, was teaching Jonathan’s class a lesson about color vision deficiency. Scott also happens to be severely color-blind.

In the now-viral clip below, Scott let Jonathan borrow his own special glasses — Enchroma glasses that enable him to see color.

“They’re all yours,” the principal told Jonathan. “Let’s see what it does.”

Jonathan took off his usual eyeglasses and slipped on the Enchroma glasses. His reaction was instant, and the other students began to cheer.

Jonathan’s brother was there to film the tear-jerking moment.

After the video went viral on Twitter, Jonathan’s mom Carole became inundated with responses. People from all over the world wanted to help her son get a pair of his own color-blind glasses.

“We’ve had multiple pairs donated to Jonathan and will use 100% of donated funds to purchase color blind glasses for those who can’t afford them,” Carole wrote on GoFundMe. “The wonderful Enchroma company will be matching every pair we purchase with a free pair, which double the number of people we can help.”

If you would like to learn more or donate to the cause, please visit Carole’s GoFundMe page.

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