Multiple Multiples Take Over Warren County Middle School


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WARREN COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Twins are a rare sight in everyday life, but at Warren County Middle School, they're unusually common.

"We almost look the same, because we're twins. It still frustrates me. I'm not sure why," shared sixth graders and twins Sayf and Layth Smadi.

They're one set of multiples that deal with confusion over appearances every day. The 14 sets of twins in the school are keeping teachers on their toes when it comes to remembering who is who.

"Even just looking at them, I could tell they look different. My biggest struggle was remembering which one was which," shared Katheryn McNelly, a teacher.

It turns out, twins aren't unusual at this school. They had a large group from 1996 to 1997 and from 2001 to 2003 they had twelve sets of twins. Though it may be confusing, for the kids, having a community of lookalikes is a good thing.

"I'm happy that there are people like us. At elementary school, there are barely any twins. It's better here, because I can relate more to these people," continued the Smadi twins.

For parents sending multiples to school, one teacher, Maria Wakefield, who is also raising twins said, "Everybody always said, 'I don't know how you do it,' but you just do it like you do with one."

Teachers say they expect a group of six sets of twins to move into the middle school next year.


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