This officer is meeting the child where he is. This is calming for the child, and a perfect example of physically “getting on the child’s level.” This is a textbook 1st approach to responding to a distressed child.
An Indiana police officer got down to a 4-year-old’s level — literally — when the little boy’s case of the Mondays took a turn for the worst.
Indiana State Police Officer Precious Cornner-Jones, 40, attended a high-five rally at Indianapolis Public School 88 on Monday to support her pastor, who leads the rallies in which members of the community give high-fives to students walking into school to brighten their days and give them inspiration, Cornner-Jones told ABC News.
When the little boy came in, he had a “look” on his face so severe that Cornner-Jones could tell that he was not in a “good mood,” she said. Upset, the boy just fell to the floor.
Cornner-Jones, a mother herself to two young boys, ages 3 and 5, and a 17-year-old daughter, spotted the boy’s mother from across the room and signaled to her that she would “deal with it,” she said. Then, she handed her keys and phone to fellow church members and “got on the ground” next to him and “formed” her body in a similar position as his.
“It wasn’t a cop moment,” she said. “It was a mother moment.”
At first, the boy looked at her in surprise, “Like, ‘What are you doing?'” Cornner-Jones said. She wiped tears from his eyes and asked him, “Hey, little man, what’s going?” and told him that everything was going to be okay, she said.
“I understand these kids sometimes,” she said. “They just need someone to get to their level.”
Cornner-Jones spent a few minutes on the floor with him, and before long, he was smirking at her, she said. It was a “spur-of-the-moment” interaction that she didn’t think would garner media attention, but she’s glad she was able to be part of something “positive,” she said.
She wrote on Instagram:
I’ve been asked WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THIS PHOTO:
While supporting my Pastor Preston T Adams III and some other great men at school 88 yesterday with the High Five Rally this happened. This little fella was having a rough morning and fell out on the floor. I saw his mother step back and look. She stated this is how he is expressing himself lately. I decided to get on his level and talk to him. He started to cry so I wiped his tears and told him it will be ok. As an adult sometimes all we want is one person to stop, get on our level and maybe wipe our tears. These children are entitled to bad days just as us, so give them that moment to bring it together. Get on someone’s level today and make them smile!! Spread PEACE and LOVE you might be that person that gives them hope!