“He even got him laughing, and got him back with his mom and with school officials.”
A police officer from Charlotte, North Carolina, has gained praise after a photo of him calming a distressed teenager was shared to Facebook.
Officer Tim Purdy was dispatched to a situation involving a young autistic high school student who left the campus and may have been suicidal.
Due to the young man's neuro-developmental disorder, he also had a history of displaying violent behavior.
In order to build a connection with the young man, Officer Purdy sat next to him on the ground, talked things through and even got him laughing.
Officer Purdy established trust and a relationship that allowed officers to get this young man the help that he so desperately needed.
There's more to policing than making arrests and enforcing the law. Sometimes taking those extra little steps makes the biggest difference in someone's life.
Sine being posted last Friday, the photo has been shared over 250,000 times. Commenters have praised Purdy’s patience and kindness when defusing the situation.