When Human Resources associate director Verneita Hunt pulled into the GEC parking lot she noticed some commotion just outside the GTI.
“As I parked, a girl collapsed on the sidewalk by the bus and by my entrance to GEC.
There were 7-8 kids around her, all but one were boys.”
“Her body was shaking like she was shivering. She was on the cold sidewalk without a coat. She was not coherent. One bus driver was calling 911. I bent down and tried to talk with her. She did not respond, but was clearly breathing and moving with the shivering.”
“The boys started taking off their coats, unsolicited, one at a time and covering her. After her legs and body were covered several times, one boy took off his coat and gently placed it under her head.”
“The girl started to open her eyes and one of the boys asked her phone number. She said a number, but we couldn’t understand it. A boy asked again and thought he got the number, but it was wrong when he called.”
“The bus driver announced the paramedics were on their way. A few minutes later, the buses had to leave. We could hear the sirens coming. Some of the boys reluctantly took their coats; others left them. I told the bus drivers I would stay with the girl. Three boys stayed, all others left with the buses. Within a few seconds the paramedics drove up as the buses left. The paramedics took over and the remaining boys went inside the GTI.”
“Throughout the ordeal, the boys were concerned and attentive to the girl. One boy even dug into her backpack and found her inhaler for her after she was more coherent. I told the boys they were heroes and wonderful for helping her. I was very proud of them.”