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Four Teenagers Push 90-Year-Old Man Home After Mobility Scooter Breaks Down One Mile from His Home

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Many times, when you see a gaggle of teens hanging out, you can’t help but wonder what shenanigans they’re up to. It’s sad that so many automatically assume the worst, but it’s not without reason.

Many teens have too much creativity and energy and too little guidance, and end up putting their efforts into exercises that don’t exactly benefit a community. But that’s certainly not true of these four young men from England.

Jack Murphy, Harley Donworth-Kent, Finlay Hamilton and Kaden Rocha (all 14) had finished up for the day at Magna Academy when they spotted an elderly gentleman on a red scooter — but he appeared to be in a predicament.

“We could see he was struggling and it was important to check to make sure he was OK,” Rocha told the Bournemouth Daily Echo. “We dropped him off home and made sure he got inside OK.”

That makes it seem like it was a simple endeavor, but there was quite a bit of effort involved, as the boys ended up pushing the scooter — with 90-year-old Alan Stanyon in it — for about a mile.

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“He was just so happy that we had come over to help,” Murphy said. “He said that the battery in his electric scooter had died. It took us about half an hour to push him home.”

“Four lads from the school saw me pushing it and came along and pushed it for me all the way home,” Stanyon said. “I was struggling and they offered to help and I was willing to let them. They even pushed it with me on it.”

Once they got to Stanyon’s residence, the gentleman tried to pay the boys for their assistance, but they refused.

“I offered them all a fiver but they didn’t accept,” he said.

It seemed it was enough for the teens to help him out, and that was rewarding enough in itself.

“It was the right thing to do to help him,” Rocha explained. “If you see someone that needs help, it’s a natural thing to do.”

Adam Potter, acting headteacher of Magna Academy, had high praise for the helpful students.

“It is great to hear from our local community about Magna pupils helping those in need,” Potter said.

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“It is especially uplifting for our pupils to be recognized for such acts of kindness, we are very proud of them.”

The school has been keeping up with the coverage of the story, sharing when new articles come out and encouraging others to follow these four young men’s example.

“These boys made the nationals! Epic,” the school posted Wednesday.

“Their kindness is getting such coverage. We are so proud of them.”

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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.
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