A teacher’s beautiful decision for 14-year-old student with down syndrome

A teacher’s beautiful decision for 14-year-old student with down syndrome

A teacher has made a beautiful gesture for a 14-year-old boy with down syndrome.

Kerry Bremer, 52, first met Jake Manning when he was just 14 years old, along with his mother Jean four years ago after the family moved to Massachusetts from Florida, US.

Sadly Jean had breast cancer and worried about the fate of her only son.

“He’s just so lovable,” Bremer told Boston 25 News about the student.

“He loves everyone, and he’s so smart and funny. He is very funny.”

Bremer was Jake's teacher at CASE Collaborative School in Concord, Massachusetts when he and his family just moved to the state.

After Jean expressed worry about what would happen to him if she were to pass away, which resulted in Kerry offering up to adopt sweet Jake who she admitted she “fell in love with” instantly.

“I called his mom and I said, ‘I might be overstepping here, I’m really sorry if I am but just in case, if you need to have some backup for Jake my family would be willing to be his guardians,’ and she said, ‘I’m going to sleep better tonight than I have in a very long time,’” Bremer explained. 

“I knew he would a need a home and there was no way I wouldn't open ours to him.”

Kerry and her husband already have three children: Kristen, 21, Jonathan, 19, and Kaitlyn, 16. 

On November 13, Jake’s mother, Jean, sadly passed away from cancer, and swiftly moved into Bremer’s home full-time.

“He needed us and quite honestly obviously we needed him,” Bremer said.

“He’s fit in so perfect here.”