Sep 05, 2013
By Jane Brown
A Toronto Police officer’s message about loneliness has gone viral. Sergeant Chris Boddy took to the social media site Twitter on the first day of school by tweeting, “Dear Students: If you see a kid eating alone in the cafe, say hello and join him/her #that is nice.”
The feel-good message got the attention of American television personality Katie Couric who retweeted it to her 900,000 followers. That exposure prompted 1600 others to retweet Sergeant Boddy’s wise words. He tells CP24, “I’ve had messages either through facebook, email or twitter and some people were even teary eyed when they read that. They were either the person going up to the lonely kid in the cafeteria saying hello, or they were the lonely person in the cafeteria hoping that someone would come up and say hello to them.” Sgt. Boddy was inspired to send the tweet from his experience working in schools. He’s seen how difficult the early days of September can be on shy kids.
Katie Couric said she came across Boddy’s tweet when a Toronto television station reposted it. She says she appreciated seeing something positive and thought it was a great message to share for kids and even us “big kids”.