“What Would You Do” focuses on teachers in episode shot in Wilmore

WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ)-What would you do? It’s a question ABC anchor John Quiñones has been asking for more than ten years on the famous show of the same name.

Friday night, he’s asking it here in Kentucky. A crew from ABC 36 got to go behind the scenes.

In the show, Quiñones guides actors through fake scenarios centered on ethical dilemmas then he asks real people why they reacted in the ways they did. This time it’s your neighbors in Wilmore Quiñones is questioning.

ABC 36’s Veronica Jean Seltzer watched from a control room the show set up in the back of Fitch’s IGA.

Quiñones and producers whispered into the actors’ ears.

“You’re going to say, ‘You know what? This is taking too long. I’m going to call the manager,'” a producer said.

In one scenario, an actress, Leslie Beatty, played a teacher who couldn’t afford groceries and school supplies.

“You sure you want to put the milk back instead of those supplies?” the woman playing the cashier asked.

“Yeah, my kids need these things for class,” Beatty replied.

Will people help her? A Nicholasville man did.

After answering questions from Quiñones, Wilmore city employee Donnie Clark told VJ what it was like.

“Very surprising. I didn’t expect that at all,” Clark said.

Why did he offer to pay for the “teacher”?

“Just kindness. I played for a softball team, Team Bella, and it represents a little girl with Crohn’s Disease so I’ve got a soft spot for kids,” Clark said.

Kentucky is an ideal spot right now to see how people respond. In the spring, teachers took to the capitol, shutting down school districts several times, to protest education funding and changes to their pensions.

“Why did you pick this scenario?” VJ asked.

“You know, teachers are going through a tough time in this country. All over this country, but particularly in Kentucky,” Quiñones said.

He says a lot of the scenarios his team creates are straight from the news, news Kentuckians like Beatty, a Lexington actress, are watching. Beatty says she stood with teachers when they took to Frankfort. Now, she sympathizes with her character.

“Yes, because she’s trying to buy supplies for her class and she has to pick between food and supplies. That’s not right,” Beatty said.

In fact, a Department of Education survey released this year shows 94% of teachers across the country reported paying for supplies without reimbursement in the 2014-2015 school year.

“I don’t think we value education as much as we should,” Stephanie Fitch said.

Her dad owns the store. She teaches film at BCTC.

“Every teacher struggles to build their classroom,” Fitch said.

Quiñones says it’s refreshing to see people giving to a stranger.

“It just reminds you, the show does, there’s a lot of goodness out there,” Quiñones said.

You can watch the Wilmore episode of “What Would You Do” on ABC 36 Friday September 7th at 9 p.m. If you miss it, it should be posted here the next day.


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