Soldier dresses up as mascot, surprises 8 kids

(WBIR) A soldier pulled off a big surprise homecoming for his kids in Maynardville, Tennessee Monday.

Justin Bunch was away for nine months serving in the Army and was not expected to return until June, or so his family thought.

The father of eight children talked about surprising his kids with his wife, Kasey, who reached out to Big Ridge Elementary principal Kim Turner and worked out a plan.

Turner said they were already planning a kick-off for their field day events so they dressed up Bunch as Twister the Tiger, the school’s mascot, and waited for the students to file into the gymnasium.

With the gym packed, Turner began to call up Bunch’s kids.

One by one, they joined Turner, giving Twister fist bumps and high fives on the way.

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