At least a half dozen schoolchildren pointed to one of their classmates after Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonSenior Trump administration official to leave post next week Harris, Ocasio-Cortez pitch bill to increase housing assistance for individuals with criminal record On The Money: House Democrats sue Treasury for Trump tax returns | Trump announces Fed board nominees | Dems press Carson over HUD hire who authored controversial posts on race | Consumer groups look to block Facebook cryptocurrency MORE asked them to pick out the worst student in class, according to a Des Moines Register reporter.

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Speaking to a large crowd at an Iowa elementary school on Thursday, the Republican presidential hopeful said to the fifth-grade class at Isaac Newton Christian School, “Who’s the worst student?”

Before he could utter a “just kidding,” several of the students pointed to one boy standing in the audience.

Carson later said he often felt like the dumbest kid in class growing up before turning his life around and becoming a world-renowned neurosurgeon.

It’s a line he’s often used in campaign speeches to highlight his inspirational personal story, the subject of his book “Gifted Hands.”

He met with the student backstage after the rally and encouraged him to become a neurosurgeon.

The 10-year-old later said that he wasn’t embarrassed by the incident.

“No,” he said when reporters asked him if his feelings were hurt.