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Retiring Hingham principal surprised by student flash mob

Posted by Kristi Palma  June 19, 2013 08:37 AM

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Hingham Middle School students turned their principal's retirement into national news this month by staging a farewell flash mob. Roger Boddie is retiring after 36 years. The video has gone viral and "The Today Show" interviewed him this morning.

"It meant everything," Boddie told Matt Lauer.

The students secretly arranged the flash mob, which took place on June 6. While Boddie thought he was shooting a video about the school's construction site, the students gathered outside and surprised him as he looked down from the roof of the new building. The kids wore neon, danced to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin,'" and held up letters that read "Thank you for believing in us."

In the video, Boddie wipes his eyes, saying, "When people ask me what I'm going to miss, I think I know what it is. Although I always knew I was going to miss the kids."

Then he quipped: "These kids will do anything to get out of class!"

Watch the entire video.

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Kristi Palma, Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
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