Precious Cornner-Jones isn't just an Indiana State Police officer, she's also a mom.
So when she saw a little boy so upset he threw himself to the ground at a school rally, Cornner-Jones went into mom-mode. She laid down right next to the boy to "get on his level" and tried to figure out what was bothering him. The moment, which was photographed, was put on Facebook and shared nearly 800 times.
Before Cornner-Jones approached the boy, she spoke to his mom. The mother told her this was how he had been expressing himself lately, so she decided to get down and see what was on his mind.
"He started to cry so I wiped his tears and told him it will be ok," Cornner-Jones said in her Facebook post. "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."
Earlier this week, we reported on community policing and how it entered the presidential debate. While it's not totally clear how effective community policing is at improving police and citizen interactions, moments like this should serve as an inspiration to cops, citizens, teachers, and parents.
The photo was taken at a "high-five rally" inside Indianapolis Public School 88, where Cornner-Jones was supporting her pastor. High-five rallies are events where community members greet kids at the entrance of their school and give them high-fives to brighten up their day a bit. When Cornner-Jones saw the young boy come through the line, she knew he was upset by the look on his face. Moments later, he took to the floor.
"I think people lose sight that these kids are human, too," Cornner-Jones told ABC News. "They have bad days. We can't expect them to be little robots and have them do exactly what we say."