UPDATE: 04/10/22 10:00 p.m. A photo of a police officer from Opelousas lending a helping hand to a young boy went viral last week.
The boy was worried about forgetting to bring the right folder to school and that’s when Lt. Frank Boudreaux of the Opelousas Police Department stepped in.
News Ten’s Sarah Culpepper has the story.
“It makes me proud to be a part of this agency. This is the type of thing we try to strive for as an agency, to be more connected with the community.
Opelousas Police Lt. Frank Boudreaux noticed a child having a bad morning while waiting to cross the street to get to school.
Boudreaux bent down to talk to the child and wiped away the tears streaming down his face.
“I asked him if he wanted to get himself together before he crossed and he shook his head yeah.”
We have now learned why little man was having a bad day.
“He was upset because he didn’t have the right folder in his book sack to go to school, and he thought he was gonna get in trouble with the teacher.”
Boudreaux is the school resource officer at Park Vista elementary, where he also directs traffic for morning and afternoon car rider drop off.
“I told him that it would be okay, I don’t think the teacher will be too mad at you. It will be alright. When you’re ready to cross, then we will both cross.”
Lt. Boudreaux says that any child that needs anything can always ask an officer for help, even if you’re just having a bad day.
He said any officer in his position would have done the same thing.
“A lot of kids don’t feel they can approach law enforcement and that’s part why it is so important to be approachable to children and be in the community.”
OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) — An Opelousas Police officer is being praised for the way he helped a child who was having a bad morning, by first wiping away his tears and then giving him a pep talk.
In a post on Facebook, Officer Frank Boudreaux is seen getting down on the child’s level, literally, after noticing that he was not in a good mood and had tears coming down his face.
Boudreaux is the school resource officer at Park Vista Elementary, who also directs the morning and afternoon car rider traffic.
“I’m not sure which OPD Officer this is, but he always is directing traffic for PVE. But this morning while waiting in line, I noticed a little boy was waiting ever so patiently to cross the road and you could see his face crumple up and begin to cry. The entire line came to a complete halt while this officer kneeled down and wiped this little boys tears, fixed his collar and spoke to sweetly to him.” parent Heather Nicole said.
She expressed how the moment caused everyone in line to pause.
“EVERYONE completely stopped in the midst of the wild Wild West of school traffic – to watch this sweet, sweet moment.”
We still haven’t found out what the young boy was upset about, but because everyone has days when they feel like they can’t even –were guessing maybe he just didn’t wanna go to school.
“He (Officer Boudreaux) never got frustrated the little boy wouldn’t cross the road, instead he took the time, in the middle of directing traffic, to stop and talk to sweetly to this little boy.”