*Wow, if word of this gets around, building robots may soon be the new trend!
One ninth grader who was injured in a domestic dispute is happy to be back in class. Storm Malone now attends high school through his proxy robot.
Named “The Storm Bot,” the robot wears Storm’s number 8 football jersey and his face appears on the screen.
He can hear his teacher and classmates, and even get the teacher’s attention by flashing a light on the robot’s forehead.
The boy was not physically able to attend class since last August, when he was shot in an attack that killed four people, including his mother and sister.
Since that time he has been keeping up with his studies at home, wheelchair bound.
Storm controls the robot, and amazingly, his friends say there is nothing strange about it at all.
“When the kids see him in the hallway, they don’t gravitate to him because it’s a robot. They gravitate to him because it’s Storm,” said Duncanville ISD’s Mindy Autry. “And they look not at the robot, they look at the screen. And they look at his face and they want to see him.”
“It already felt good just to see him at home doing better,” said classmate Kamaria Davis. “So, to see him at school is still a big step and it’s amazing.”
Thanks to NBC News Dallas for this story.