Lebanese teacher cancels final test after viral TikTok video
Some students at Lebanon Junior High School came out of one of their final tests last week thanks to a viral TikTok video.
LJHS health teacher Josh Chasteen posted a video on his TikTok @ mr_chasteen101 account on Tuesday, saying, “I told my students I would cancel our last test if a professional sports team commented.”
As of Saturday, the video had reached 46.7 million views, 7.6 million likes and over 140,000 comments, including comments from nearly every professional sports team on the social media app.
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Some of the top commentators include the Detroit Lions, the NFL, and the Olympics account. The WBNA also commented on the video, saying “At this point … just cancel ALL testing.”
Pizza Hut was also a commentator and plans to provide free pizza when LJHS returns from the winter break, Chasteen said.
Viral TikTok video “exceeded expectations”, Lebanese teacher says
Chasteen first set up a TikTok account in the fall of 2019 with the help of a few of his students during lunch breaks.
“I kind of got hooked,” Chasteen told the Enquirer on Saturday. “If you’ve been on TikTok before, you know it’s hard to get out.”
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Since its inception, Chasteen’s account has grown to over 249,000 subscribers. He said a few of his videos in the past have “exploded” with some reaching a few million views here and there. But last week’s video surpassed all others.
“I was pretty confident that at least one team would comment,” Chatseen said. “Definitely exceeds expectations, to say the least.”
Why did Chasteen post the TikTok video? To connect with students
Chasteen said the inspiration for his viral TikTok came after he felt his students increasingly worried about the final test. His goal was to provide students with a break during the stressful week.
Last year, Chasteen posted a similar format TikTok video, saying he would cancel a test if the Cincinnati Bengals commented on his video. According to Chasteen, the Bengals didn’t disappoint at the time either.
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Chasteen said TikTok has become a way to connect with its students and spread positivity on an app that can sometimes be cluttered with inappropriate content for teens.
“Lebanon’s mission is to build community, and they really put a lot of emphasis on building those relationships with students, staff and families,” Chasteen said. “It was an original way of doing that.”