“Is that Shaq?” the teacher asks, unbelievably, after he introduces himself to the group with a hello.
O’Neal is a family friend of a student at East Lake Elementary in McDonough, Georgia, per TMZ Sports. He joined in on a lesson over a video call, surprising everyone and eliciting joy from parents on the call with their kids. They all got out phones to film the session.
The screen goes from room to room as kids say hello in turn during their first-grade lesson. One man’s face at about 55 seconds in deserves a spot in a gallery of classic reactions.
It’s a nice gesture from O’Neal, who has time off from his gig on “NBA on TNT,” to reach out to young students who may be having difficulty understanding why their lives seemingly came to a grinding halt.