Shaquille O'Neal Surprises 1st Graders Having Online Class over FaceTime Amid Coronavirus Fears

Maria Varela
Mar 26, 2020
08:20 A.M.
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Shaquille O'Neal made good use of his quarantine time by delighting first-grade students during their online study session. The NBA star surprised them by joining in on their session. 

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First-graders in Georgia who’ve been engaging in online classes while on quarantine received a pleasant surprise when no less than Shaquille O’Neal popped up in one of their sessions.

Shaquille O'Neal at a press conference for his reality show, "Shaq Vs." in August 2009. | Photo: Getty Images

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STUDY TIME WITH SHAQ

Shaq brightened the day of the students of East Lake Elementary in McDonough by appearing on their FaceTime screens. According to TMZ Sports, one of the students belonged to a family Shaq was friends with.

Shaq currently remains in home isolation along with the rest of the world due to the threat of the Coronavirus. In his circle, a few of his fellow NBA players tested positive...

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In a clip of the encounter uploaded on YouTube, the NBA star, in a white sleeveless shirt, converses with the surprised teacher and students. The children’s parents were also astonished and started taking photos of the rare session.

Shaq reportedly interacted with the students for a few minutes, saying hi to each one by name. One parent described it as “really cool.” Before he left the video chat group, he advised the students to be good and listen to their parents.

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CORONAVIRUS CRIPPLES THE NBA

Shaq currently remains in home isolation along with the rest of the world due to the threat of the Coronavirus. In his circle, a few of his fellow NBA players tested positive, including Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart, and the Detroit Pistons’ Christian Wood.

Two unnamed players from Shaq’s home team, the Los Angeles Lakers were also included in the roster. The NBA decided to suspend all games indefinitely following Gobert’s announcement. He was the first player to test positive on March 12.

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THE THREAT TO LOS ANGELES

Shaq resides in Los Angeles, which, according to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is a week or two away from becoming as badly hit by the Coronavirus as New York. As of March 24, the LA Times reported that over 660 residents tested positive for the virus. A teenager who had it died of septic shock, raising LA’s death toll to 11.

Garcetti warned that there are tough times ahead especially with inadequate medical supplies and professionals. Residents of California have been ordered by its governor to stay home and distance themselves from the public to avoid an outbreak.

We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, and Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!

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