Teen Heroes


Posts about heroic events are not upsetting.

BLOG POST #149: This week, in  honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share a recent story you probably didn’t see on the news. A story about three teenage boys, any one of them a mom would be proud to call her son.

I’m sure you’ve heard the news event where the friends from high school were together on the train to Paris when a terrorist opened fire. Hollywood made a movie about the Americans heroes.

I thought of that story when I read about these boys. They didn’t fight off a terrorist but their instantaneous reaction to come to the aid of another is pretty astonishing for their age.

This week, I’m sharing a story about teenagers on their way back to the high school from a field trip.

Snap Decision

Among classmates on the school bus were two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy.

Suddenly and unexpectedly, while driving, the school bus driver had a heart attack. One of the older boys bolted to the driver seat and steered the bus to the side of the road, placed the transmission in park, and figured out how to open the door.

The other two boys were able to get the driver out of her seat and outside the bus. The first boy laid his sweatshirt down for her to lie on and the other two placed their sweatshirts on her to keep her warm.

Heroes Among Us

A neighbor saw the commotion and joined the effort to help the bus driver.

One of the boys called 911 while the neighbor prepared to perform CPR. She regained consciousness and survived the neat fatal heart attack.

The school board recently recognized the three boys for their act of bravery. One of the older boys said, “We just did something we should have, we did what anyone else would have done at the time.”

In my opinion, when so many young people seem more interested in recording events such as this and then being the first one to post on social media in hopes it will go viral, I don’t know if “anyone else would have done” what the boys did.

The local news channel posted the story about the boys on Facebook. It didn’t go viral, it should have, but it was shared more than 500 times and had many praising comments.

I’d like to wish my friends who are also moms, a very happy Mother’s Day!

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Thanks for reading and caring about children!



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