Cop makes student's dance one to remember - KCTV5

Cop makes student's dance one to remember

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

If you're going to show up for a middle school dance, you better look good. One 8th grader at Coronado Middle School Friday night had a brand new suit thanks to Kansas City's finest.

Eighth grader Darrien Walker showed off his dance moves in style. The special education student got invited to the dance at the middle school in Kansas City, KS, by a cheerleader and was thrilled.

"I asked him because he's so sweet and I like him," the cheerleader said.

But to get a true sense of how many have helped make the night special you have to go back a few days. Friday was Darrien's first dance and he didn't have the right outfit for such a special occasion.

That's where Kansas City, KS, police officer Michael Simmons came in. He developed a special bond with Darrien as part of a program that pairs young African-American kids with a mentor.

"He's alright," Darrien said of Simmons.

Simmons wasn't about to let Darrien show up to Friday night's dance in anything less than the best.

"We wanted to get him dressed up for the prom so that's why we decided to get him a nice suit and some shoes. He said this is his first date and he was ready for it," Simmons said.

Simmons took Darrien shopping and covered the entire bill. Come Friday night, Darrien was ready to go.

Darrien is a man of few words, preferring to let his dancing do the talking.

"It's exciting, I want to cry. It brings tears to my eyes," said Darrien's mom, Jamie Colemen.

His mom can't thank Simmons enough for all he's done.

"It means a lot to me. He's getting better because he used to have a bad attitude, but he's coming out of it," Coleman said. "With his father away it gives him a role model."

Simmons said he's just doing his job, trying to connect with young kids before they head down the wrong path.

"Our thing is, if we can stop the crime before it happens, that's the best thing a police department can do," he said.

Based on how kids respond to Simmons, many say the mentoring program is paying off.

Darien said he doesn't plan to wear that suit too often, he said it's only for special occasions.

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