A Wisconsin high school security officer has become an internet sensation after a video of him leading a student cheer went viral.
Jack Taschner, a security resource officer at Appleton East High School, decided to join the fun with students at a recent football game by leading them in a popular “drive the bus” cheer.
(Facebook video of the cheer can be viewed below.)
“It just kind of popped in my head: I’d like to join in on them doing their cheer, and whatever they do, the bus driver thing, so I came in Friday morning, I talked to the principals, I said, ‘Hey, here’s what I thought, I had an idea,’ and they said, ‘Yeah, run with it,’” Taschner told WBAY-TV.
The officer kept the plan under wraps, and only told student, Braden Hutter, who normally directs the cheer, about his intention to lead students this time.
“I did my best acting to make sure it was going to work out, and everyone thought I was going to get handcuffed or something and it was just fun to have him ask for my ID and he told me to take a seat like I was in trouble but then he took over,” Hutter said.
The video, posted by the Appleton Police Department on its Facebook page, has been viewed over 2.5 million times.
NO FUN ZONE?
Just when it looked like SRO Taschner was breaking up the fun during the Appleton East Football game, expectations changed.
Posted by Appleton Police Department on Saturday, September 16, 2017
Taschner thought it was a great way to break down barriers and connect with the students.
“I envision it, as an East tradition. Something that, when I’m done being the SRO [school’s resource officer] here, and someone steps in, they have to step in and do it, too. It’s just a great way for the students and the officers to have that connection,” he said.
“I got into it as much as they did,” he told WGBA-TV. “When I realized they were all doing it with me, I wanted to let it go on forever I knew my legs weren’t going to let me.”
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