A man's confrontation with a young boy who skipped school has gone viral.
J. Norwood posted shared his story with Love What Matters after witnessing the heartwarming incident. He explained that he was waiting for his coffee at a local Dunkin Donuts when he noticed a young boy walking around. Norwood knew it was a school day and that the boy should have been in school, but he decided not to confront him.
"As I observed him walk around the gas station, just kind of meandering, an elderly man walked in and started talking to him," he wrote in Love What Matters' Feb. 28 Facebook post. "I could overhear this man ask the child why he wasn't in school."
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"The child responded that 'he had been getting bullied a lot because he acts differently than most kids', so he walked out and down the street to this gas station."
The Dunkin Donuts was located inside the gas station.
The elderly man then reportedly told the boy to pick out his favorite donut and join him at a table for breakfast.
"As it turns out, the man's wife had just passed away and he never had his own kids," Norwood wrote. "Before his wife passed, he told the boy they often traveled around the area volunteering at schools and shelters. I could hear the man say that he felt like he was sent there to help the boy, because he normally never stops for coffee, but for some reason decided to today."
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The man then let the boy use his phone to call his mother, who subsequently picked him up and took him to school. The man waited with the boy until his mother arrived, then went on his way.
"He wouldn't take any money or even leave a name, because he felt like he was sent there to protect that child, which he did," Norwood wrote. "All the man wanted was for the boy and his mom to say a prayer for his late wife."
The Facebook post quickly went viral, garnering over 30,000 likes and 2,400 shares in one day.
"There are no coincidences in life every instance of occurrence has a reason I pray that both the child and the man have peace," one reader commented.
"God bless that man....I am sure the young man felt better having someone listen to him without judging," another wrote.