A North Carolina high school was forced to call police after an autistic student became unhinged and threatened to commit suicide at the campus. It didn’t take long for police to arrive, and Officer Tim Purdy’s actions left everyone at the school completely stunned.
Of course the media seems to eat up stories about officers making mistakes or not doing their job properly, and it’s sad we rarely get to hear about when an officer goes out of his way to do something good. That’s what happened in Charlotte on Friday, when Officer Tim Purdy showed the entire nation that policing isn’t just about arresting bad guys and writing traffic tickets.
In a now-viral Facebook post, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department described what happened when Officer Purdy arrived on the scene of a suicidal autistic student, and it’s making people across the country smile.
“There’s more to policing than making arrests and enforcing the law,” the post said. “Sometimes taking those extra little steps makes the biggest difference in someone’s life.”
Officer Purdy didn’t try to use force or intimidation to get the student to calm down. Instead he sat next to him and the two just talked. At one point, the post said, Officer Purdy was even able to get the student to laugh.
By taking the time to talk with the boy, Officer Purdy showed him that someone did care, and it seemed to be enough to lift him out of his depressed state. Had he not shown compassion and understanding, this story could have had a much different outcome.
It seems as if Officer Purdy takes his duty to protect and serve with the utmost seriousness, and he also understands that all lives matter. As a Charlotte resident, I’m proud to have men and women like him policing our community and keeping our neighborhoods safe.