In Pennsylvania, a smart 10-year-old boy displayed his presence of mind and avoided getting abducted by asking the cashier at a store to pretend she’s his mother. The 10-year-old savy kid from Pottstown, Pennsylvania implemented a learning his father gave him after he spotted a woman that had been following him conspicuously.
Earlier last week on Friday, 10-year-old Sammy was going about his usual routine, returning home from the school when he spotted a strange woman following him. The woman got uncomfortably close to him, asking him if she should buy him some food. “She was like, ‘I’m going to Wawa, are you going there? What are you getting from Wawa? Where’s your family at?'” Sammy recalled later in an interview.
Not letting panic and anxiety get better of him, the 10-year-old boy took a stock of his surroundings and recognized a store where he visits often. He went inside the store and asked the 17-year-old cashier to pretend she’s his mom.
Startled by the request, Hannah tried to remain calm, and locked the door. CCTV footage from the incident shows Sammy getting in the store and Hannah later locking the door of the store. In a subsequent interview, Sammy recalled his father teaching him about strangers, and using his surroundings to his advantage to avoid such situations.
The Facts of the Matter
The world is a dark place, especially for children who are often lured and taken advantage of by criminals and sexual offenders. In such a world, parents need to teach their children how to best manage a hostile situation and diffuse it without getting hurt.
A 10-year-old boy in Pennsylvania exhibited his father’s teaching when he was being followed by a strange woman who was making her feel uncomfortable.
The boy, Sammy Green, used his quick thinking to his advantage, and in the process, avoided being abducted.
The incident was reported from Pennsylvania’s Pottstown.
Boy Gets Followed by Stranger Woman
Earlier on Friday, the 10-year-old boy was on his usual route from school to home when he found himself being followed by a strange woman. The woman continued following him, and at one point, got close to him and asked him if she should buy him some food. She also started to ask whether Sammy was alone and without his family.
“She was like, ‘I’m going to Wawa, are you going there? What are you getting from Wawa? Where’s your family at?,” Sammy recalled in an interview.
10-Year-Old Puts Father’s Learning Into Practice
Sammy’s father, Sam Green had taught his son to be calm, alert, and use his surroundings to his advantage whenever he gets thrown in such a situation.
The 10-year-old quickly took a stock of his surroundings, and spotted a store he used to frequent a lot. He stayed calm, got inside the store, and asked the 17-year-old cashier Hannah to pretend that she’s his mother.
Cashier Recalls Being Asked to Pretend Being Mother
In a Fox News report, Hannah was quoted saying, “He came in, and he was really panicked. “He whispers, ‘This lady’s been following me on my way home from school. Can you help me? Pretend you’re my mom. Pretend you’re my mom.'”
CCTV footage shows Sammy entering the store, and giving the message to Hannah. The 17-year-old cashier calmly goes to the store’s door, and locks it from the inside.
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Proud Father Tears Up
In an interview, Sammy’s father Sam said that after he watched the video of the incident, he couldn’t help but cry. He also mentioned that he taught his son about ‘stranger danger’, and had tried to prepare him for such instances.
“Think of every scenario and make sure that children know and also practice it. Practice your situations and scenarios just like fire drills,” he said.