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Feb 20, 2014 11:22 PM

Entire school rallies around 500-lb student

Franklin, IN - It was hard not to notice the 510-pound freshman in English class who dwarfed his peers and walked with his head down, sullen and quiet.

His teacher knew that the 14-year-old needed help. What the teacher didn't know was how Eric Ekis had ballooned to that weight - while mourning the death of his father. Or why this lonely kid didn't seem to want to change, even though his classmates bullied him. Or that in helping Eric, he might just help the whole school.

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