Quarantined teacher pleads for help in video to students: 'They are here, they can hear me'

An Illinois Spanish teacher sent a hilarious video message to her students in which she claims everything is going well in quarantine, while not-so-gently suggesting otherwise with the help of printed signs.

Eli Aquino, a student at Addison Trail High School in Addison, Ill., took to TikTok to share the comical clip, which was sent out by teacher Kathleen McColaugh nearly a month after classes were canceled in an effort to protect students from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Angelitos, I just wanted to touch base and see how you were all doing,” McColaugh begins her address. “I think we’re starting our fourth week of not being together.”

As the teacher continues her innocuous monologue, however, she begins holding up signs that suggest (narrator voice) everything was not okay.

“Just to let you know, the McColaugh family, we’re all here together in the house, and we are having a great time!” she claims, as she holds up a printed poster reading “Help!”

“Everyone here is just wonderful. We’re getting up every morning and we’re just so fortunate with how well we all get along, and we’re just spending so much time together, it’s just been really great” McColaugh lies, while holding up a sign that reads, “They are here, they can hear me.”


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“We’re taking long walks together, everybody’s helping out,” she continues, revealing via sign that her family has been making her “cook and clean all day!!!”

“It’s nice to know that something like this brings everyone super close and to the next level,” she adds. “You guys do know that my boys are 18, 20, and 22, my husband and I have been married 25 years. I’m just really overwhelmed with the appreciation.”

The truth? “They do nothing to help!”

The Tiktok has since been viewed over 550,000 times and racked up hundreds of comments from users impressed by McColaugh’s creative antics.

“This energy is impeccable,” one user wrote.

“Your teacher is my spirit animal,” said another.

“Oh heck nah! Those boys better start cleaning and helping mama out!” chimed a third.

Former and current Addison Trail students even flocked to the comments of Aquino’s post to share their appreciation of McColaugh.


“Mrs. (McColaugh) is and always will be the true queen,” said another.

In The Know has reached out to Kathleen McColaugh for comment.

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