It takes courage to own up to actions

By Hank Stratford on May 5, 2014

Stratford Hank websiteSeveral years ago, while I was stopped at the intersection of Cowell Road and Treat Boulevard, a school bus slowly passed me as it made a left turn on to Treat. As the bus passed I heard something hit my back window followed by the sound of shattering glass.

Knowing that the projectile came from the bus I began following it down Treat. As I was driving behind the bus I could see different heads pop up and look back to see if I was following it. I knew that the kids in the bus were aware of what had happened.

When we reached the elementary school, I got out and explained to the unknowing bus driver what had happened. One of the school administrators entered the bus and asked if the child responsible would raise his or her hand and come forward.

I was doubtful that we would get a ready confession, but to my surprise a small, trembling hand rose above the crowd. A young, visibly shaken boy came forward to take responsibility for his actions. I was so impressed by this boy’s courage that this incident has stayed with me as an example of character in action.

During the months of May, June, and July the character focus of our Do the Right Thing campaign is on Courage. I would love to hear your stories of examples of courage.

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