Hundreds of students serenade teacher battling cancer

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 400 students and faculty from a Tennessee school have left their classrooms to serenade a teacher suffering from an aggressive form of cancer.

Video of the group singing outside Christ Presbyterian Academy teacher Ben Ellis's home last week has been viewed more than 24 million times after country star Tim McGraw shared it on his Facebook page Saturday. The video shows Ellis watching the group from a window and singing along.

The Tennessean newspaper reports the unplanned tribute came after students were told Ellis had decided to discontinue treatment for cancer.

The Nashville school classes were stopped and students were taken by bus to Ellis's home.

The father of five tells Nashville's WKRN-TV the moment was amazing and made him feel like he "was not alone."