Clinton officer injured in shooting visits kindergarten class, gets covered in hugs and well wishes

Photo courtesy of Clinton School District

CLINTON, Mo. — A class of kindergartners surrounded an injured Clinton police officer in hugs Thursday.

Officer Nathan Bettencourt was injured earlier this month while responding to a 911 call at a Clinton home where a man opened fire on officers. Officer Ryan Morton was killed in the shooting, and Officer Nicholas Kasper was also injured.

On Thursday, Bettencourt visited Jenni Huffman’s kindergarten classroom at Henry Elementary School.

Students gave the Clinton officer a lot of big hugs and wished him well in his recovery.

“We’re not sure we have ever seen a happier bunch of kindergartners!” Clinton School District said in a Facebook post.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support Bettencourt and his family.

Photo courtesy of Clinton School District