FRANKSTON, TX (KLTV) - A Frankston, Texas state trooper felt inclined to teach a valuable lesson to a young girl about stealing, but more importantly, wanted her to know not to be scared of the police.
Corporal Tyson Metzig with DPS, of Frankston, had a nearly 3-minute conversation with the crying 5-year-old about how stealing was wrong.
Xyleigh's mom, Sharae Sanders-Schmitt, of Jacksonville, shared the video on Facebook on Wednesday. Since then, the video has received more than 22,000 views and nearly 350 shares.
The post on Facebook reads in part, "He did not try to scare her at all!! As a matter of fact, the best words I could have heard come out of his mouth today was: 'You don't have to be scared of me" and "We all make mistakes. Even I do.'"
Sanders-Schmitt said Metzig stopped Xyleigh from crying by his sweet words as well as made her realize what she did wrong and that she could get into trouble for doing things like that.
Schmitt went on to say that because of the kind trooper, her daughter learned a valuable lesson.
"It takes a village to raise children," said Schmitt in her post, praising the trooper, saying she wished she could give him a huge thank you once again.
The video ends with the two sharing a hug, Xyleigh's tears already gone.