MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WTVO) — When a young girl got lost on the way home from school, an act of kindness from strangers guided her path. Those strangers were two sixth-grade boys.

As most stateline kids will soon experience, Ralston Elementary School sixth graders Ben Nietz and Jayden Slocum had their first day of school on Wednesday. They were waiting at the bus stop when they noticed something strange.

“The bus just stopped in the middle of the road for a second. The bus driver, we saw, was yelling back in the row, and then she pulled up and pulled over on the side of the curb,” Jayden said.

“So we went over to the side of the bus, and this little girl came out. She was a first grader, like this tall. And then the bus driver said, she lives close around here, and we would like you to help her get to her home,” Ben said.

After a little bit of walking, it started raining. Jayden went home to get his bike, while Ben stayed with the little girl. Ben says they had been walking for about an hour when the rain started coming down harder.

“I was like, I don’t know what to do, I’m going to call the school and ask if I can have her dad’s phone number or something,” he said.

After talking with the school, Ben discovered the girl had gotten off at the wrong bus stop. The school immediately sent buses to find the pair, after which the girl was reunited with her family. Jayden says he’s not surprised with his friend’s act of kindness.

“I would suspect him doing something like that,” he said. “Because of his personality and the things he does.”

Ben says he just wanted to make sure the little girl was safe.

“I just wanted to help out the community and have people be able to live with their families and not have harm going their way,” he said.

Harlem School District says it’s working with the little girl’s mom to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again.


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