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Teen courageously steps in when stranger behaves inappropriately with girl in store
Cameron thought the man had a 'demonic look' and seemed to be fixated on a child in the toy section. Without hesitation, the teen stepped in to protect her.
Patricia Lynn
10.04.21

Parents will do anything and everything to keep their children safe – but sadly, there are still scary people in the world.

Approximately 2,300 kids are missing daily in the U.S., according to Child Find of America. While this remains a startling statistic, the popularization of items like cell phones has actually been helpful. With a cell phone, a child can easily phone for help if approached by a stranger— but occasionally, something happens that requires some… extra help.

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A few years ago, a teen named Cameron Cook was shopping at a local Target when an older man caught his eye.

Cameron and his mother were walking around the store when the teen noticed the man grabbing himself with a “demonic” look.

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The stranger seemed fixated on a 12-year-old girl pushing a cart in the toy aisle.

In an interview with CBS Boston, the teen recalled:

“My mom goes, ‘Cam, let’s go! Keep walking.’ I was like, ‘No. Something is going on.”

As they got closer, Heather could smell the scent of alcohol coming off the stranger’s breath.

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YouTube - CBS Boston

Cameron watched the man from afar, but when he saw the stranger thrust himself and rub onto the startled girl, the teen immediately stepped in.

“So I went up to him, I was like, ‘Excuse me sir, do you know her?”

“And then the first thing he said was, ‘I’m not a pervert. I’m not a pervert.'”

“I was like, ‘I didn’t ask you that, sir.'”

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YouTube - CBS Boston

Cameron’s mother Heather Cook later told CBS Boston:

“[The man] was big… And Cameron had no fear at all. He just stood firm on the fact that he knew what this man was doing was wrong.”

Cameron then suggested the man leave the store to which he ultimately agreed— cursing the whole way out before hopping into a waiting car.

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YouTube - CBS Boston

According to reports, the 12-year-old’s mother had gone to the bathroom while her daughter browsed the toy aisle. As you can imagine, she was extremely grateful for Cameron’s quick thinking and courageous deed. The store’s surveillance footage was later handed over to the police.

Although the teen’s been praised as a hero, his mother isn’t surprised by his actions. “He’s not afraid to do what’s right,” she said. Cameron’s always been a confident leader, capable of standing up in a crowd.

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YouTube - CBS Boston

For his bravery, Cameron was honored by his city council and the Boston Celtics basketball team.

“I just felt I had to step in and say something,” he told the Boston Herald. “You have to stand up for what you know is right.”

“It’s not even about courage; it’s about being a person, a human— anyone can stand up and do something like that.”

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Since being uploaded, Cameron’s story has been viewed more than 15 million times.

Aside from being a hit with the ladies, people love the way he stood up for a girl he didn’t even know. Comments on the video read:

“Omg, what a brave kid!”

“Cameron is a true hero! … Who knows what could have happened to her! She could have been abducted while her mom was in the bathroom if no one intervened.”

“Wow, God bless this young man. He’s amazing.”

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Flickr - Mike Mozart

This is a great reminder of how we really need to be watching out for each other. Despite the fact that parents work hard to protect their children – it’s important that we all help be an extra set of eyes.

Watch the video below to hear the brave teen talk about how he stood up to the stranger!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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