Warren County SRO feeds over 60 students with his own money
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – School Resource Officer Chris Shelton knows the value of positive interactions with the public and sees the importance of making those connections with people while they are young.
Shelton is assigned to work at Lighthouse Academy and Jackson Academy in Bowling Green.
Shelton was talking to the kids about respect and kindness and referenced Chick-fil-A’s workers as an example, but multiple students had never had Chick-fil-A so they didn’t understand the reference.
Chick-fil-A is known for outstanding customer service and the positive attitude of their employees who nearly always respond to customers with a smile and the phrase, “my pleasure.”
That night, his wife just so happened to bring home Chick-fil-A for dinner and that’s when the couple had an idea.
He decided to purchase a Chick-fil-A sandwich for every student at the two schools, totaling more than $220 paid for out of his own pocket.
Shelton says he did it because he cares for the kids he serves.
“We take for granted just going through a drive through or bringing food home. It’s nothing. We don’t think about that. A lot of kids don’t have that opportunity. They don’t have that luxury. We wanted to be able to give back,” said Shelton.
One student, Keikelani Harden, says what Shelton does means a lot to her.
“Well, it means that someone cares about us and someone is thinking about us and keeping us in their minds. So, it’s nice to know that someone’s, I don’t know, caring about us,” said Harden.
Eric Wilson, the director of alternative schools, says the schools haven’t always had SRO’s but couldn’t ask for a better one than they have now.
“He is the epitome of a school resource officer. He is a resource for us. A lot of times, they get the negative connotation of being a police officer, being bad, the kids are scared of them, they don’t want to talk to the police, but, in his case, he comes in and builds a relationship with our kids. And they appreciate that and they feel comfortable going to him and asking anything. And he tells them, ‘Ask me anything, I will help you out,’” Wilson said.
“I enjoy what I do. It’s about showing them that we are not bad just because we are in law enforcement,” said Shelton.
Shelton says he just wants to be a good role model for his students.
Students discuss hard topics and silly topics with SRO Shelton and he loves it all.
One student even challenged him to a push up contest, for now, he is undefeated.