When Gavin, a five-year-old from British Columbia, accidentally lost a tooth at school, his vice principal decided to step in and write a letter to the Tooth Fairy to ensure that his student would still get the customary visit and payment from the mythical tooth collector.
“Today one of Gavin’s [teeth] fell out while he was getting ready to eat lunch,” wrote Shandee Whitehead, the vice principal at Hart Elementary School. “Unfortunately it was lost in the classroom, and despite the heroic efforts of a fearless search team, we were unable to recover it. As a trained Vice-Principal and hobby dentist, I can verify that there is definitely a gap in Gavin’s teeth that was not there this morning when he came in. Please accept this letter as official verification of a lost tooth and provide the standard monetary exchange rate you normally use for a real tooth.”
Shandee also wrote that the Tooth Fairy should feel free to reach out if they have any further questions regarding Gavin’s missing tooth, along with a hilarious attempt to get the Tooth Fairy to pay up on a 20-year-old debt.
“PS — I am still waiting for the money for my wisdom teeth from 2000,” Shandee wrote in the postscript. “Please pay as soon as possible. I have bills to pay.”
In addition to contributing to a long-term plan for ST success, cultivating leadership in others, managing PPL, data, & processes, & improving school leadership … a VP has the duty of helping to create a positive school culture … one that saves the day! pic.twitter.com/udZhQ19SGV
— shandeemay (@shandeemay1) January 13, 2021
The letter was shared on Twitter by Shandee where it quickly went viral, receiving over 200 retweets and 2,000 likes while countless commenters praised the vice principal for going above and beyond to make sure that Gavin did not worry that he wouldn’t be visited by the Tooth Fairy. After all, Shandee could have easily just told Gavin’s parents and the whole thing would have resolved itself since — SPOILER ALERT — the Tooth Fairy is not actually real. But instead, Shandee went the extra mile to make a student happy.