Jackie McCubbins got a call from Batman.
“He told me that Joker is trying to cause trouble,” the 7-year-old said. “Joker is destroying the playground. He’s going down. He’s going to jail.”
Jackie’s cover is as a first-grader at Kentucky Trail Elementary School in Belton. But his police uniform gives him away. He has worn it just about every day since it was given to him by Rachel Pruitt, a real Belton policewoman who serves as resource officer at Jackie’s school.
Jackie, who has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other health issues, is into everything about police officers.
“If it’s about cops or bad guys he loves it,” said Jackie’s mom, Lona McCubbins.
Jackie likes to pop around the corner at school and “scare” Pruitt. It became a game. Then Jackie started telling her every day that he was coming to the police station to get his uniform. So Rachel ordered one for him online. It has a cap, a belt, a whistle and a toy radio. Now Jackie helps Pruitt patrol the halls.
“He always talks about how he wants to chase the bad guys,” Pruitt said, “and how he’s going to be faster than all the officers.”
Jackie’s teacher, Elizabeth Hart, said the uniform and role-playing has not been a problem.
“It’s been a motivator, actually,” Hart said. “It’s not a distraction for him at all. He likes the attention.”
Earlier this week Pruitt took Jackie to the real police station, where he got to see the jail area through the windows in the dispatch room. He met Chief James Person and got to see the municipal courtroom. He came back to school with police coloring books and stickers for his classmates.
“He is an inspiration,” Pruitt said of her young friend. “If everyone could just be happy like him every day, and show up and not have a worry in the world.... He puts a smile on my face every day I get to see him.”