NewsChannel 3 surprises Currituck High student whose kind act was caught on camera

Currituck County, NC – Last week, NewsChannel 3 presented a People Taking Action Award to Currituck County High School freshman Eric Reed.  He was caught on bus surveillance video, doing something good.  In fact, Reed sang the “Hokey Pokey” to 10 year old special needs student Jessica Etheridge to cheer her up.

“She’s just not someone to judge you.  And she just is a friend because I have a lot of people judge me all the time,” said Reed.

Reed was described as a troublemaker.  His parents even moved him to a new school district to get him back on the right track.  Since then, he has evolved.

NewsChannel 3 gave Reed a People Taking Action pin, too, for his good deed last week, but we wanted to do more.   So NewsChannel 3 went to Best Buy in Chesapeake to get something Reed really wanted.  In fact, we used the boss’ money and bought Eric a brand new laptop computer after his broke.  From there, we drove to Currituck County High School to surprise him.

Counselors and administrators helped us set it all up, pretending that the computer was not his.  We had the student read viewer comments from our original story online.  But little did Reed know what was about to happen next.

“One of the reasons we came here today was to present you with something.  Of course, we had you looking on my laptop, but I lied. This is actually your laptop,” said Dominic Brown, NewsChannel 3 reporter.

“Are you serious?” asks Reed.

“This is your laptop,” said Brown.

Reed was speechless when NewsChannel 3 presented the computer to him.  Reed tells us that although he’s gotten a lot of positive feedback from family, friends and kids at school after our first story aired, he’s gotten some negative ones, too.  But he’s not letting that get him down.

“I think a lot of people will look at me different, you know.  Instead of looking at me and saying, you know, this kid is just a troublemaker, people are saying I want this kid to be my friend,” said Reed.  “I feel the moment you do something and not expecting anything out of it, that’s true character.  That really shows who you are.”

10 comments

  • MC

    Young or old, many of us have made mistakes in our lives. It’s never too late to learn from them, change, and move on. What a great story about a great kid!

  • Tina Cullins

    Eric hit the nail on the head when he said it wasn’t about being recognized for what he did. He did it because it was the right thing to do. Too many times, people only do something nice for someone else to get the recognition. Eric seems to be a humble young man and I commend NewsChannel 3 for rewarding him. Maybe some of Eric’s peers will want to be more like him.

  • Heather B

    Amazing! You have touched so many people by your kindness. Never lose that part of you. You have been blessed. God is always watching. I love you Eric. I’m so proud of you! The Kingdom of Heaven awaits us! Trust God and walk by faith, not by sight!

  • Annette Crum

    More children need to be like you Eric!!!! Don’t ever let anyone label you,,,,keep up the great work, you are a true friend.

  • Joel

    Growing up in a school with kids who have special needs, this story is really great to see! Thank you Eric for making me believe there are kids who still care for those that are less fortunate. I think it’s great that you don’t let any of the negativity bother you, you are one special guy! This is one of the best stories by far this year!

  • Allison

    Awesome! I loved seeing this story the first time and I love how this young man continues to show what an amazing person he is. What an wonderful young man and someone his parents and family should be very proud of. Keep your chin up and keep up the great work!

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