When a single mother was worried about the way her son had been acting out at school, she called on some unexpected help.
The 28-year-old mother of three, Chantel Currie, said her 11-year-old son Clete Robinson was only focusing on baseball, and not on other important things like his schoolwork. “I wasn’t listening to my mom. I wasn’t doing good. I wasn’t listening to teachers. I was just doing my own thing. I felt like I could do all this. I didn’t need any help,” Clete tells Fox 10 News.
Currie said, “let me call someone who has more experience that’s dealt with this kind of thing… someone who kind of shake him up and scare him a little bit. So I called the Glendale Police Department.”
One of the officers, Joe Procopio showed up at their home, and almost immediately, Currie knew he would have a positive impact on her son. Procopio told Clete, “if you don’t start listening to your mom, we can put you in these handcuffs and we’ll take you to jail.. see how tough you are there.”
Now, just six weeks later, Clete is back on track at home at school, and Officer Procopio drops in weekly to check on him. “It was no longer about ‘I’m an officer and this is my job..’ the way he made me feel was this is a child and this child needs some support and you’re doing your part.. what can I do to help you? I’ve never experienced that, not from a police officer, not even from some family and friends. He was genuine and he cares,” said Currie.
She believes the relationship worked so well because of the accountability. When he told him he was coming back next week to check on him, Currie believes that made all the difference.
Officer Procopio even surprised Clete last week with a basketball to replace his old one. When his mother asked Clete how happy he was on a scale of 1 to 10, Clete said 20! Next month, Procopio even plans to see some of Clete’s games once basketball season starts at his school.
He is a lucky boy to not only have gotten a role model, but also a friend.
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