Wisconsin School Bus Driver Holds Hand Of Crying Kindergartner On His First Day

The first day of school can be hard on any child. They're away from home for several hours straight hoping to make friends while having to obey a teacher for the first time ever. It's a nervewracking experience for a child to have to endure. They'll often try and find comfort anywhere possible in order to try and get through that first day.

That was the case of a four-year-old kindergartener of Augusta, Wisconsin named Axel Johnson. A photo recently showed little Axel crying while receiving comfort from school bus driver Isabel "Izzy" Lane by her holding his hand. Lane was still able to drive the bus to school while comforting the crying boy, which is an impressive feat in and of itself.

The photo was shared on Facebook thanks to the Augusta Police Department, although it was Axel's mom, Amy, who initially took the picture. The post quickly went viral, garnering over 1200 likes and over 200 shares, with Lane also sharing it on her Facebook profile. It was also the recipient of a lot of kind-hearted comments.

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"The compassion we see every day in our teachers, bus drivers, custodians, administration, food service staff, and paraprofessionals is truly admirable," the August Police Department wrote in the aforementioned Facebook post.

It came out that initially, Axel had been excited to start his first day of kindergarten. But once he stepped on the school bus, the tears began in an instant. It appears as though he suddenly became overwhelmed with anxiety and nervousness over starting school for the very first time. That's when Lane, the school bus driver, stepped in to comfort the child, who just so happened to sit right behind her seat.

"I picked him up and got him on bus," Lane said in an interview with Fox7. "He started to cling to me and I told him, 'Buddy, you got this and will have so much fun!'"

After that, Axel managed to calm down enough to try and enjoy school. Lane went on to say that the next day, he was smiling while waiting all alone at the bus stop. The two spoke the whole journey to school, with the conversation mainly being about how well Axel is doing now. We're hoping that things stay this way for the kindergartener.

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