Traffic stop turns into help for bullied son and his mother

Posted at 2:33 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 14:33:19-04

A traffic stop Tuesday morning turned into a trip to Target for new clothes for a 6th grader and a full tank of gas for his mother.

Deputy Donnie Rizer discovered a frantic mother taking her 6th grader to school during the stop.

Officials say the 11-year-old boy was crying because his pants were torn and dirty. When asked what was wrong, the mother said her son didn't want to go to school.

He yelled out "I like school but I have no clothes to wear". 

He is required to wear khaki pants at school, but the one pair he owns are stained and torn.

His mom said he is bullied at school and the family had been evicted one week earlier.

She recently had surgery and couldn't work yet. His father works overnights at Home Depot, but his check wasn't enough to keep up with the bills.

Deputy Rizer reportedly noticed a young girl in the backseat upset that her brother was feeling sad.

Deputy Rizer and Deputy Jay Hajj contacted a Target in Carrollwood, and the store was able to provide both children with two full uniforms, shoes and new backpacks as well as a full tank of gas.

The next day, both deputies had lunch with the boy at school.