When Michael Neri received a text from the mother of two of his students, he stewed for a couple of hours before responding. Neri, who runs Talking Props Theatre School near Birmingham, England, in addition to working a full-time job, needed some time to think how he'd respond.
When Neri first received the text, he had to think about whether to reply. He said he was inspired by the reply a photographer sent to a customer who didn't like that he also took jobs capturing the happiness and love in images at same-sex weddings. The photographer sent the client's non-refundable $1,500 retainer to GLAAD, a group that supports gay rights.
Neri told Mic that he started his theatre school last year to give kids in his hometown a chance to study drama in a place he never had when he was growing up. He said drama would have allowed him to flourish as a young kid. He knows that he's helping other children find their own voices and build their confidence.