Homeless Teen Was Going To College On His Bike… But What The Police Officers Did Next? OMG.
Police officers in Georgia raised more than $150,000 to help a struggling Georgia student who was found sleeping on college property.Credit
Fred Barley, a homeless 19-year-old Gordon State College attendee, was the subject of a trespassing call last weekend, but when the officers responding to the call discovered him sleeping in a tent just outside the gates of his college, he told them about his struggles and they decided to do something about it. Barley rode his brother’s bicycle six hours just to register for classes, according to the police officers.
He also had two gallons of water with him, and two duffel bags filled with his prized possessions. As for food, he had nothing more than a box of cereal. “After meeting Fred, I could tell he was a good kid. He was a young kid who had been dealt a bad hand and was trying to make the best out of it. All he wanted was a job,” said Officer Dicky Carreker in an interview with the Barnesville Herald-Gazette.
Carreker and his partner, Officer Maria Gebelein, informed Barley that he couldn’t sleep on the property, but they did have a place for him to stay. “He was so understanding and he said, ‘I definitely I applaud you for doing this. We can’t allow you to stay here, but I have somewhere you can stay,’” Barley told Channel 2 Action News. The Officers brought him to a motel and generously offered to settle the bill.
“The stuff that’s happening with police officers, I am black and he didn’t care what color I was,” said Barley when he spoke to WSB. “He just helped me, and that meant a lot.” That wasn’t the end of it, though. Officer Carreker posted Bradley’s story on his Facebook page, and members of the local community immediately sprung into action. They created a GoFundMe page on his behalf and managed to raise more than $150,000 in just a few days.
And in a fantastic turn of events, a local pizzeria owner hired him as a dishwasher and promised to offer more flexible work hours, so he can work without interrupting his studies. Many other residents made contributions in clothes and food. They even bought him a new bike. The emotional Barley was left in awe by the generosity of the people that helped him.
“I was not expecting any of this support and am in awe of how this community has come together to help me,” he said. “I was just trying to go to school, find a job and make it on my own. Now it seems as though I am part of a new community and have a new family.” Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a fantastic journey for young Fred, who hopes to one day major in biology.