On the last day of school at Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County, Georgia, a group of 2nd-graders couldn t wait to show their admiration for their beloved school security guard, Jonathan Broaxnax.
The students crossed the street to shower Broaxnax with hugs and high-fives, a heartwarming moment caught on the school s security camera.
I’ve got to tell you, it made me feel so good, Broaxnax, 63, told ABC News. Not only because they did that, but because it s what this school is all about. It s a Christian school and they instill that into these kids.
The military veteran, who now works for the Chesley Brown International security company, said the children s kind gesture was particularly special for him in light of the recent attack on a concert in Manchester, England, where many children were in attendance.
They re young but they re seeing it on TV and they wonder Why? and What the heck is going on? and Can that happen to me at my little school?, he explained. They were saying things like, Thank you for protecting us, thank you so much Mr. Jonathan, thank you for keeping us safe. You can t hear the sound on the video, but that was what they were actually saying. Oh man I tell you if the video ran just a little bit longer, you would see me run inside and cry.
Broadnax said out of all the jobs he s had in his life, working with these kids is by far the most fulfilling.
I ve been in the military for 22 years, I ve been to the Gulf War, I got out of the military and started to work in the prison system in Texas, he recalled. I worked there for about five or six years and then I got into security. Out of all of that, this is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. Easily.
This isn t the first time the students and faculty have showered Broadnax with admiration and affection. He said they were pivotal in helping him through the darkest moment of his life: the death of his son two years ago.
I lost a son while I was working here and this place, everybody here was so incredible, he said. “The support they gave me here was awesome. After I got back from the funeral, the kids came up to me again and each one of them had handwritten cards of condolences. I ve got all those cards at home. That was just so incredible. And I couldn t hold it in. I cried right there.
The school s headmaster, Dr. David Tilley, said Broadnax is cherished on their campus.
He is beloved around here, said Tilley. It s amazing how many people come onto our campus for the very first time and see him and walk into my office before they go anywhere else and say, Let me tell you, the guy who welcomed us at the front gates is one of the most gracious, cordial, hospitable men they ve ever come across. He is warm and kind and loving to anyone he comes across. He is a thrill to have on our campus and he s the first face people see.
But the humble Broadnax takes absolutely no credit for his service to the school, saying simply, It s focused on those kids.
It s focused on how they feel, how they feel safe. And how they re being raised, he said. And what it means for them to attend the Mount Paran Christian School.
The Braves didn t let this injustice stand. According to ESPN, the Braves gave the young boy a baseball autographed by star first baseman Freddie Freeman and tickets to another game next month. This isn t the first time a Braves security guard got overzealous with a fan. Last season a fan fell onto the field trying to get a foul ball and the security guard slammed him to the wall.
By Patti Jay
As a veteran of the Oregon Air National Guard, I have been trained to manage dangerous and challenging situations without fear. As a mother of three successful children, I also know how to care for my family and my home. As a former aide to Oregon State Senator Rod Monroe, I developed the skills to manage the high-stress and fast-paced political process. And yet the fear and desperation of a no-cause eviction last year almost brought me and my family to our knees. My landlord treated me unfairly, in a way that destroyed my family’s stability. Our state’s no-cause eviction laws are a loophole that allows bad behavior to go unchecked. I write to stand up for all those who are afraid to speak about their experiences for fear of retaliation. In this market, with high prices and non-existent vacancy rates, most people can’t afford to speak up. In the early spring of last year, I was recovering from surgery. One day during my recovery, I went to get the mail and noticed a piece of paper tacked to the wall outside my door. It was a 60-day notice to vacate my home. There was no cause listed. I had never heard any concerns from my landlord or my neighbors. This notice arrived completely out of the blue.
The notice threw me into desperation. I am a hardworking mother and my sons and I are responsible tenants. The only reason for this notice I could think of was that I received it the day after the contractor completed repairs I had requested to remediate black mold in the bathroom. I immediately began the frantic attempt to find new housing and gather the funds to pay for moving expenses and the deposit on a new place. I am thankful to the Clackamas County Veterans Services Division for their financial and emotional assistance during that terrible time. It was difficult to find alternate housing. It was the middle of my son’s freshman year at Milwaukie High School, and we wanted to stay within the school district. While we finally found an apartment, the monthly rent was $400 more than we were paying before.
Nearly a year later, I have a wonderful new job and we are stable again. But the fear that this could happen again, at any time and with no warning or reason, remains with my family. We are good tenants who pay our rent on time and follow the rules. We deserve stability and fairness. Share your opinion
Submit your essay of 500 words or less to [email protected] Please include your email and phone number for verification. When I told my son I planned to speak up, he asked me to share his words: “For me, eviction, especially without cause, has had an alienating effect. Without the security of a house, there is no home. Without the security of a neighborhood, there is no community. And without the need for justification before an eviction, there is no justice.”
The legislature has an opportunity to ensure stability for Oregon families. I urge our legislators to stand up for fairness and justice, and pass House Bill 2004.
Patti Jay lives in Milwaukie.