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A Cop and A Kid
WHILE WORKING in South Auckland, New Zealand, as an Enquiry-car member, I was approached by an English teacher from a religious secondary school I had attended. He asked if ...

A COP AND A KID

Martin Smith, Authorised Officer (Jailer)

New Zealand Police

WHILE WORKING in South Auckland, New Zealand, as an Enquiry-car member, I was approached by an English teacher from a religious secondary school I had attended. He asked if I would do something sort of “semi-police-related, but off the record.”

Seems as though there was a boy in his class who continually was wagging (skipping) school. The school was at a loss as to what to do; the parents apparently had tried everything they knew, all to no success. “Would you talk to him?” the teacher asked. Since both parents and teachers had run out of ideas, I agreed to talk to the boy.

One evening a few weeks later I called at the address. They were a lovely family of Mum, Dad, and five, soon to be six, kids. The father was a bus driver working split shifts, and the mother was a full-time at- home Mum. The father had found the boy several times sitting at various bus stops when he had been returning home from work in the late morning. The father had punished him, including corporal punishment, but the wagging continued. I began to talk to the lad but he was a bit “difficult” and I wasn’t making much headway with him. I “growled at him” in my most ferocious police voice and told him there could be dire consequences from wagging school.

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He started to cry, which so touched my heart I backtracked a bit. I asked him if he learned about Jesus at school, and he said he had. With his dad nearby, I asked the boy if he knew that Jesus loved him and died for him. He said yes. I thought, In for a penny, in for a pound, and asked Dad if I could pray for his son. He agreed to this, and the entire family was hurriedly summoned to the lounge. I cannot remember exactly what I prayed, but it somewhat was on the lines of asking God to “overshadow this boy and his family” and show them his love. As I finished praying and prepared to leave I saw tears in Dad’s eyes. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was the first time they’d considered prayer as an answer to their problem! A few months later I again ran into the English teacher and asked about the boy. He had not missed a day of school since!


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