BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has responded to students at Ridgeview High School who were looking for his help.
The teens took to social media on Monday morning to say that if Carr tweeted a shoutout to their high school in Southwest Bakersfield, they would get an easier history final.
A photo circulating on Twitter showed the following message:
"If Derek Carr tweets a shoutout to Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield, CA by 12/18, Donez's World History class won't take the scheduled final exam and will instead take an alternate exam."
@23ABCNews and @KGETnews can you help us get an easier History Final? We just need @derekcarrqb to tweet a shoutout to Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield, CA. Please help🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/sza6u7XEn0
— Eder (@Redyoshi200) December 18, 2018
Less than 24 hours later, Carr posted a video on social media with the following message:
“Shoutout to the students at Ridgeview High School that wanted me to tweet a shoutout to you; well I’m going to send you a video instead and say that there shouldn’t even be an alternate exam — there should be no exam. God bless you guys and go Raiders!”
According to the Ridgeview history teacher, Marc Donez, he was not expecting this response at all and neither were the students.
"I'm shocked, surprised, excited," said Donez. "Mostly for the kids. It's a way for them to relax before finals."
Although Carr urged for "no exam," the history class will still be taking the promised alternate exam on Friday. Except, this time, there's a twist. The surprise gave Donez an idea to have a class discussion on the power of social media
"I hope that they learn that their voice matters and that they have power with their voice and I hope that they use it for good moving forward," said Donez.