Sen. Tim Scott highlights kindness at Boiling Springs High after viral Facebook post

Students at Boiling Springs High School flipped the script this month and went viral in the process, even reaching the attention of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

According to an Aug. 20 Facebook post by Tyler and Kay Kirby, their son Andrew often eats his lunch alone, a situation that his mother said “breaks (her) heart.”

So members of the high school’s Student Council extended an invite to Andrew and three other students eating alone on the first day of school.

“Mom I didn’t eat alone,′ Andrew Kirby told his mother as part of a Facebook post that has since gone viral, with more than 13,000 likes, nearly 4,000 shares and 1,200 comments. “Some student council members asked me and 3 others eating alone to come sit with them, and said we could eat with them again tomorrow too!”

Kirby’s post caught the attention of South Carolina’s junior senator, who addressed a video message to Boiling Springs High’s Student Council.

“There is an old scripture that says stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves — and one of the ways that can happen is at a lunchroom table,” Scott said. “You took the time to make them feel special. You took the time invest your leadership potential and make it an example for others to see. I want to thank you.”