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Boy, 9, is forced to sit on concrete outside his closed elementary school with his laptop on a...


A fourth-grader from New Mexico has been pictured lying outside of his elementary school using the internet connection so he can take part in remote classes.

Nine-year-old Jonathan Endecott from Roswell had to sit outside the elementary school's building, closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, because he doesn't have internet access at home.

Schools in his district are currently conducting lessons online and so this is the only way Jonathan was able to participate in classes.  

Angel Endecott says her son is very independent and was already walking to his school last year.

When the pandemic stuck and schools were closed, the family were unable to participate in remote learning because they they couldn't afford internet.

Instead, Angel, who lost both of her jobs because of the pandemic, said that Jonathan, who turns 10 next month, could walk to school to use the internet there. 

'He was like, "Yeah, I need to be back on the school property, and I could be like a normal kid again,"' she said to CNN. 'Him just being outside of the building gives him that, "Hey, I'm at school" feeling even though he's not around other classmates or teachers.'

The family don't live too far away from the elementary school so Jonathan's parents felt comfortable with him spending the day there, sitting outside the front door.