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13-Year-Old Says He Wants To Run Away. Then Tells A Cop To Look Inside His Empty Room.

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If we are to believe the mainstream media, race relations in this country are lower now than they have been in a long time. Yet the BLM protests and the looting in Charlotte don’t tell the whole story–not by a long shot.

Consider this story out of South Carolina. When this white officer was dispatched to check on a 13 year-old who had called the police, he had no idea what to expect. The boy had said he wanted to run away.


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13-year-old Cameron Simmons called the Sumter Police in what was a unique call for help. Officer Gaetano Acerra then drove out to visit the boy at his home. He sat down with Cameron and talked about why the boy wanted to run away.


Cameron began by telling Officer Acerra that his mother had yelled at him for playing his older brother’s video games. That might not have required a visit from the police, but the officer was there, so he kept talking with the boy.

And there was more. Much more. When Cameron took Acerra to his room, the officer found it completely empty. There were some clothes stuffed in a garbage bag, but nothing else. No furniture. No bed.


Cameron’s family had recently made an unexpected move from Texas to South Carolina to care for a sick relative. The move had hit the family hard.

After leaving, Officer Acerra kept thinking about the boy and the families situation. He went to work gathering items the family needed, including a new bedroom for Cameron.


Accera worked with the rest of the family to surprise his new friend. He brought in a new desk where Cameron can study, and a TV and Wii for when it’s time to play. decked out Cameron’s brother’s room, too–even putting in an air-hockey table for both of them to use together.


After the story broke, others began making contributions to the family. The act of kindness has gone viral. And rightly so. It one sense it is an amazing story. In another, it isn’t so amazing–it is just another example of the good work law enforcement does every day that gets lost in all of the buzz.