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12-Year-Old Listens to Gut and Calls Suicide Hotline, Credited with Saving Young Girl's Life

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While kids having access to electronic devices has become a rather controversial topic, many people discussing the issue seem to assume that smartphone and other devices are a drain of resources and time.

Kids play games, watch mindless movies, write to friends in what looks like a foreign language, and some have their narcissistic tendencies highlighted — but honestly, all of that goes for adults, too.

Gabe Rongier used his access for good, and if it weren’t for him, a life could have been lost states away.

Gabe was using Snapchat when he saw something concerning that a young girl had shared. He didn’t know the girl personally, but they had a mutual friend, and she’d shared something about how she “wouldn’t be here tomorrow.”

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The 12-year-old boy scout from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, didn’t like the sound of that, and decided to act on it.

“I called the suicidal prevention services and it linked me to Officer Chandler,” Gabe told KDKA. Chandler, in Texas, part of the New Saline Police Department, was able to locate the girl and check in on her. The next day, he called back the concerned 12-year-old.

“He went to her house, checked up on her,” Gabe revealed. “The next day he called me and said, ‘She’s fine. It’s real.'”

Police used geotracking to locate the girl and were able to get her in time to intervene.

“I was almost shocked to see it was a true story,” Fred, Gabe’s father, said. “I didn’t believe it at first, but I had to believe it. It’s really true.”

“When he went to bed, I always kiss him and, I’ve been telling him since that day, ‘you’re my little hero,'” the proud father said.

“Of course, I’m very proud of him, but I really hope that other young people his age might see the story and also be inspired to also take action to help somebody in need just like Gabe did,” the boy’s mother, Lori, said.

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Gabe has received not only widespread fame online for his heroics, but he’s been honored by the New Saline Police Department with a police patch, a Challenge Coin, and a letter written by Officer Chandler.

“I feel relieved that she’s OK,” Gabe admitted. “I feel like I did something good.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking