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Hardened math teacher "secretly" snuggles babies

Hardened Math Teacher 'Secretly' Snuggles Babies
One teacher at St. Francis High School near Los Angeles says he doesn't believe school can be fun. Jim O'Connor's students expect the daily drudge of his math classes, but "CBS Evening News" reports not a single one of them knew of his unexpected passion.

"It's almost like finding this alter ego that he has," a baffled student said.

Turns out that O'Connor has volunteered at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for the past 20 years.

That's right: the toughest teacher around spends his off-time comforting babies and cuddling sick children.

The Los Angeles Times reports the 70-year-old also gives blood and has done so since 1989.

"O'Connor has donated more than 72 gallons of blood and platelets. That enormous gift - worth well over half a million dollars had it been purchased - has been especially valuable because he is a universal donor," the Times reports. He's actually the hospital's top donor.

O'Connor has never been married and has no children of his own. Why does he volunteer? He says the answer is simple,'I don't wanna see them alone. You can't do that.'

So although O'Connor might look like a tough guy ... he's actually a softie. He asked the CBS reporter to keep that secret from his students. We have a feeling that the secret's out now.

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Diane February 27 2014 at 6:22 AM

Awww how sweet, I would rather him be tough where it matters, wish more teachers were, keep being soft where it matters as well, those kiddos may be your future students

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maybeitskelsey February 27 2014 at 11:08 AM

i have mad respect for this man.

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fourlivelys February 27 2014 at 11:37 AM

Took you long enough AOL...this has been circulating on FB for weeks. Slow...Slow...

That being said, this man is a gem, and a wonderful blessing.

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abimsr fourlivelys February 27 2014 at 1:59 PM

Good for you Fourlivelys. Jim is a wonderful man who deserves all the credit in the world. He was an inspration to me and I am at 50 gallons at Children Hospital LA. May I invite you to go to the hospital and make a donation to help save the live of a child you will never know? Jim and I would very much appreciate it!

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MICHAEL February 27 2014 at 12:20 PM

Have Your Say...America take note, instead of all the moaning and groaning about this country, just remember there are people like him out helping his fellow americans. Great story!!

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Kate February 27 2014 at 12:32 PM

Cool! You really do never know what a person is like, based on only one 'face.'

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mistykay13 February 27 2014 at 1:13 PM

What? You mean a teacher who actually doesn't treat little Johnny & Suzie like they are not the center of the universe, nor that they deserve "fun" simply because they exist & therefore need to be catered to??? A teacher who actually expects students to do their JOB & "work" at being educated?? KUDOS to this fantastic educator! Keep up the good work.

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bbella2145 February 27 2014 at 1:19 PM

What a beautiful story. You really can't judge a book by their cover.

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dollyo123 February 27 2014 at 2:24 PM


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kimcrdr February 27 2014 at 3:32 PM

most "hardened" teachers are just BIG softies, they cant be soft with students especially if they care about them at all, (i'm sure most teachers want their students to excell in all subjects) now as far as this Mr. O'Conner, Kudos to you sir, I admire everything you do, I think one of the most beautiful acts a person can do is donate blood, platelets, organs all to save a life, You sir deserve 2 thumbs up and I hope there are alot of people who learn from you sir! very beautiful thing you do!

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hey February 27 2014 at 9:46 AM

you never know what a person, s life is like outside of work, look at all the people who live very modest lives on a small budget and when they die they leave huge money to charity . this sounds like a very good man with a key in his pocket to the golden gates

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