'He took his backpack to the lunchroom, found a spot by an outlet and proceeded to toast Pop-Tarts and pass them around.'
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on April 20, 2022. It has since been updated.
A thoroughly amused mother left Twitter users cracking up over the antics of her 13-year-old son when she shared a story about the time he sneaked a toaster into school. "Apparently my kid got in trouble today for packing our toaster in his backpack and pulling it out at lunch to make Pop-Tarts for his class. I can't stop laughing," wrote Elisa Stone Leahy, an author and mom of three, in a Twitter thread. "I hear that the teacher actually only told him not to 'make a habit of it.' So I wonder how many times makes a habit? I also wonder if I should hide the popcorn popper..."
Speaking to Bored Panda about her family, Stone Leahy said: "I have three amazing kids. As a mom of three, it's tough watching one of them get so well-known when the others have so much to offer too. My oldest (who is 14 years old) writes poetry and is an incredible leader. She was just voted her class representative at her ninth-grade election. My youngest (a 10-year-old) is also a brilliant writer. I'm an author myself and she and I have many writing conversations. Our family is Peruvian American Canadian. We've been through a lot but we've also had some really incredible life experiences. My husband and I are documentary filmmakers so we lived in the Andes mountains filming a documentary when the kids were younger and now we're back on our vacation."
Well, since we already have interviews lining up (what!!??) , we decided to go ahead a share a pic. Here’s my boy with the sad little toaster and an empty box of @PopTartsUS ! pic.twitter.com/naJSGhGyjy— Elisa Stone Leahy (@ElisaStoneLeahy) April 15, 2022
As her original tweet gained immense attention from people who found young Mateo's portable toaster service quite hilarious, Stone Leahy shared more information about how it all went down. "Got a bit more detail of the incident: he took his backpack to the lunchroom, found a spot by an outlet, pulled out the toaster, set it on the seat next to him and proceeded to toast Pop-Tarts and pass them around. We only had enough at home for his table. He didn't charge," she tweeted.
Talked to the teacher at the school today finally. He definitely said he does not encourage the behavior but he also was laughing. I probably shouldn’t buy him a larger toaster then…— Elisa Stone Leahy (@ElisaStoneLeahy) April 14, 2022
"Honestly, that toaster is on its last legs. I'm not sure how it survived the trip," Stone Leahy revealed. "I bought those Pop-Tarts because our kitchen is being repaired and all our meals are coming from the microwave and the toaster at the moment. I guess he saw how many we had and figured we had plenty to share." Sharing a little bit about the genius behind the Pop-Tart lunch, she wrote: "He's 13, a man of few words, a bit of a prankster, very sweet. A few years ago someone gave him $100 as a gift when he started cancer treatment. He asked to go buy Lego sets that he could give to other kids in the hospital. 5 years later, he's just as sweet and no signs of cancer."
People have asked how no one noticed. This is the sad little toaster and this is his huge middle school backpack. 🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/EOttCQmInL— Elisa Stone Leahy (@ElisaStoneLeahy) April 14, 2022
"This story really captures him and I’m glad everyone is enjoying it! I know it's getting a lot of attention so if you want to go donate some Pop-Tarts or something else to your local food pantry, we would love that! Food pantries have gotten our family through some rough times," Stone Leahy tweeted. She later revealed that Kellogg's got in touch with her and offered to send some of their toaster pastries to the school and donate to the nonprofit, No Kid Hungry.
This is our local food bank: https://t.co/PVjhoqENQ5 I used to walk there with my toddlers in a little red wagon and load up on food. If you are able, donate, if you’re not, please know that I get it. I’ve been there. It’s okay to be on that side too.— Elisa Stone Leahy (@ElisaStoneLeahy) April 14, 2022
Twitter users were utterly impressed by Stone Leahy's generous teen and one of them was even inspired to write a poem about the incident. Here are some of our favorite reactions:
I wrote a poem inspired by your son's story! I call it Poptarts 4 All! I hope you like it! ♥️😋 pic.twitter.com/bBibDhgFd3— bradypoems (@bradypoems) April 14, 2022
You have not lived until you have toasted a brown sugar cinnamon Pop Tart just to the edge of burnt and then eaten it slowly with a cup of coffee.— jill evans (@jillevans55) April 14, 2022
My son’s friend brought a sandwich press in 3yrs ago- did the same! Is this a dare? Ham and cheese under his desk in the back corner of 6th grade English- raised his hand and announced “mr. Price, would you like a panini?!” Teacher just said “oh no thanks” and then ignored it!— Sarah Jennings 🕯🚸🇺🇦⚖️ (@sehjmarcie) April 14, 2022
One of my students once brought a whole pineapple to school, but based on his tweets before school, our admins thought he might have a bomb. I still remember the reveal in my classroom as he slowly pulled out the pineapple and one of our assistant principals knocked on the door…— Chris Carman (@ccarman602) April 14, 2022
I drove that kid to school this morning and he sat there w his backpack on his lap the whole way and I had NO IDEA.— Elisa Stone Leahy (@ElisaStoneLeahy) April 13, 2022
Oh AND his backpack has a hole in the top and this sly little dude was showing it to me and I was all “I’ll try to fix it so it can last the rest of the school year, blah, blah” whole time he’s just grinning that I missed the frikkin toaster right there!— Elisa Stone Leahy (@ElisaStoneLeahy) April 14, 2022