On Tuesday morning, a little boy stood waiting for the school bus.
And he waited and waited.
Eventually, someone called the police. Kansas City Police Officers Charles Owen and Michael Livers arrived and found the 7-year-old boy, a student at Pathway Academy charter school, had missed his bus. He had been waiting more than an hour and had also missed breakfast.
Owen and Livers offered the boy a ride to school. But he replied that his mother had told him not to get in cars with strangers.
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After contacting the boy’s mother and getting permission, the officers took the boy to McDonald’s for breakfast. Along the way, the three found they had a common favorite movie — “Major Payne,” a 1995 film in which comedian Damon Wayans plays a drill sergeant leading a group of misfit JROTC students at a prep school.
“Pretty much the whole time we’re driving in the car we’re quoting the movie, and he’s quoting it right with us,” Owen said.
After breakfast, the officers took the boy to school. Owen got him a hall pass and walked him to class. The boy gave Owen a hug.
With that done, Owen said, he planned to slip out unnoticed, but school staff were so appreciative that they insisted on taking a photo, which they posted to Facebook.
“Most kids his age don’t react quite the same way he did,” Owen said. “Most children usually in that age group are more scared of us.”
During the visit, Owen said, the boy said that he might like to become a police officer when he grows up.