(FOX NEWS) - For the past four years or so, without fail, 16-year-old Andrew Kirby would get the same text from his mom at lunchtime: "Are you sitting with anyone?" And every time, Kirby gave her the same short answer: "No."
Kirby would sit at a table alone, hoping no one would notice he was by himself as he hid behind his cell phone. His mom, Kay, prayed daily he would make a new friend — but somehow, she always ended up disappointed.
This year, on Kirby's first day back as a junior at Boiling Springs High School in South Carolina, Kay's prayers were answered.
Kirby took a seat by himself at a lunch table on Aug. 20. As usual, he got a text from his mom asking if he was alone. But this time, to Kay's surprise, Kirby didn't answer.
Hours later, when she arrived to pick him up, she found out why.
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