Teacher Plays Ukelele For Mourning Lockdown Students

Story By:  Sofija DizdarevikSub-EditorAlex Cope, Agency:  Newsflash


This is the moment a Croatian teacher is filmed playing the ukelele and singing for his students in coronavirus lockdown who are mourning their friend who died in the recent Zagreb earthquake.

Teacher Ivan Petranovic who works at the ‘Ivan Merz’ school in the Croatian capital Zagreb was filmed trying to cheer his students up as they spend their time in quarantine.

In the video, the teacher is seen on the street playing the ukelele and singing up to the students in their homes above.

The students can be heard singing along at some points in the song and local media report the pupils are mourning the death of their 15-year-old classmate who died in the recent earthquake which hit Zagreb.


The earthquake on 22nd March, which measured 5.5 on the Richter scale, reportedly damaged the school but it is unclear how the girl, who has not been named, died. She was the only victim of the earthquake, according to reports.

One parent who posted the video wrote: “Teacher Ivan Petranovic from the ‘Ivan Merz’ school, which was devastated by the earthquake after a girl died and was the only victim of the earthquake, visits the students in quarantine and sings songs to them! He was also in our sad empty street.”

‘Durda Bibic Nikolic’ commented:”This is so beautiful. Tears come into my eyes”.

‘Hana Siroki’ wrote: “This made me cry”.

‘Rale Ratko’ commented: “There are wonderful teachers in this world. Respect for this man”.

‘Ivana Cv’ said: “Speechless”.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, there have been 1,182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Croatia with 15 deaths and 125 recoveries.

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