It’s the kind of “fluff piece” that virtually all local TV reporters do from time to time (I know, as I spent a significant part of my professional life in TV news departments from coast to coast). The first day of a new school year — new students are being dropped off to head to the classroom for the very first time — TV crews are there to catch the excitement and, hopefully, record a few precious moments for adding a lighter touch to the day’s otherwise dark news.
Certainly, it’s not supposed to result in anything other than a little bit of cute and adorable material on camera — the kind of interlude that makes you say, “Awww.” But as former Fox News reporter Courtney Friel found out, even an innocent question or two can cause the tears to flow when you’re talking with a sensitive four-year-old.
Friel, who now works for KTLA in Los Angeles, asked kids outside an L.A. elementary school how they were feeling about their new adventure in education. Friel’s former employer thought a short segment of her morning report was worth sharing with a national audience:
One four-year-old, Andrew Macias, was about to go inside when Friel asked him whether he was excited about starting pre-kindergarten.
By clicking on the video above, you can see just what happened when a smiling Andrew, whose mother was standing nearby, began to think about his day ahead.
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