For one police officer in Indiana, sharing a quiet moment with a distressed little boy was all it took to turn his bad day around.
Indianapolis police sergeant Precious Cornner-Jones, 40, was at a “high five” rally at IPS school 88 last week when a young boy threw himself on the floor and started crying, WXIN reported. At the rally, which was organized by Rev. Preston T. Adams, parents and neighbors give students "high fives" as they walk into school.
Cornner-Jones said how the boy's mother, who was standing next to him, told her that lately he’s been expressing himself by collapsing onto the ground. The sergeant comforted the upset child, who began to cry, by lying next to him and telling him things were going to be alright.
In a Facebook post, Cornner-Jones explained her reaction to the saddened boy, who was clearly having a tough day.
She wrote on Facebook, “I decided to get on his level and talk to him. He started to cry so I wiped his tears and told him it will be ok. As an adult sometimes all we want is one person to stop, get on our level, and maybe wipe our tears. These children are entitled to bad days just as us, so give them that moment to bring it together.”
She told local news how she loves to volunteer with children and that she was pleased that other people connected with the image. She said, “It makes me happy that people are spreading love. I’ve gotten so many positive reactions from this and that is the whole purpose of all of this.”
Sometimes all it takes to spread a little happiness with others is to think outside of the box. Cornner-Jones could have picked the boy up to talk to him, or ignored him altogether, but instead she opted to connect with him simply where he was.
Banner photo credit: Facebook, Precious Cornner-Jones