UT Professor Receiving Major Praise After Inviting Student to Bring Baby to Class

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Morgan King is a student at the University of Tennessee as well as a mom, and one day in June, she was unable to find childcare for her 3-month-old daughter Korbyn. She sent an email to her professor, Dr. Sally Hunter, explaining the situation, and Hunter's kind response has since gone viral.

“I’m so sorry that childcare issues are what caused you to miss class today,” Hunter wrote.

“In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, please feel free to BRING HER with you to class,” she continued. “I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach, so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes.”

King shared Hunter's email on Twitter, where it has since received over 26,000 likes.

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Hunter explained to WBIR that she gave birth to her first child while in graduate school, and her professor allowed her to bring the infant to class.

"I feel like it was a really normal thing to do," she said, noting that she was surprised by the response her email received. "We all need people around us, people supporting us, nobody can do this journey by themselves."

King told WATE that Hunter's gesture nearly moved her to tears.

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"The fact that somebody was just willing to work with me and to excuse me from the quiz I missed and how to get caught up on that assignment, it just showed that she cared more about, not that I missed class that day," she said. "She really just wants me to succeed in that class."

Photo Credit: Instagram / @morgantking

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