Gideon Titus-Glover is a student in Ohio County, but he’s much more than that to the teachers in West Virginia on Tuesday night.
You see, Gideon helped make the Governor’s mind up to get teachers and students back in school.
“If you put money in schools you’re making smart people, and if you have smart people you can make more smart investments,”Gideon said to Governor Justice at Monday’s town hall at Wheeling Park High School.
It was these remarks from Gideon that changed the mind of the highest ranking person in the state of West Virginia.
“I’m going to forget Gideon’s last name, but his first two names are Gideon Titus,” Governor Jim Justice said at his press conference Tuesday. “He stood up and he asked me a couple of questions about tourism.”
When Governor Jim Justice announced he hasn’t stopped thinking about that exchange since Monday morning; Gideon’s mother, Michelle’s, phone immediately started ringing off the hook.
She was already aware.
“I watched the Governor and while he was speaking I cried because it was really touching that he would listen to my 12-year-old and that my 12-year-old would be able to stand up and speak his mind.”
When Gideon stepped up to that microphone he says he never expected his words to have such a strong impact, “I think it’s kind of crazy, I didn’t expect this. People were saying, ‘good job, good job,’ but I didn’t expect this much to come out of it.”
And when Governor Justice mentioned him exclusively as the person who helped changed his mind, Gideon couldn’t believe it.
“I knew it had to end some time, but I don’t think I was going to be associated with that. I didn’t think that. So, it came as a huge surprise.”
For his parents, knowing their son made this huge of an impact is an amazing moment.
“This is a huge thing for him, to be that outgoing and outspoken is amazing,” said Gideon’s father Philip Titus-Glover. “I’m proud of him, I’m really proud of him.”
“I’m, as a teacher, very happy that I get to go back to school because none of us wanted to be out,” said Gideon’s mother.
“So, what Gideon did helped us to go back to our kids that we love.”
Gideon says he just didn’t agree with everything the Governor was saying and he had to step up. He’s also very excited to finally get back to school.