Cops surprise teenager bullied for riding his sister's pink bike with new ride

Melissa Buttigieg
News Reporter
Cleveland, Ohio, teen named Elvis, who has a disability, had been bullied for riding his sister’s punk bike around town. Source: The Cleveland Police Foundation

Two police officers learned a teenage boy with special needs had been bullied for riding his sister’s pink bicycle — so they got him one of his own in his favorite color.

Two Cleveland, Ohio, police officers first learned about Elvis, 18, after his mother called to report him missing, according to local Cleveland station WEWS-TV.

Elvis’s mother told the two officers her son, who has a disability, had been constantly bullied for riding his sister’s pink bike around town. The 18-year-old later returned home, and the two officers were inspired to do something nice for him.

Officers Ross and Raddell, who are First District officers with the Cleveland Police Department, reached out to the Cleveland Police Foundation and arranged for the teen to be given a bike of his own — in red — thanks to the Cops for Kids program.

“The officers found Elvis to be an affectionate young man,” The Cleveland Police Foundation said in a statement on its Facebook page. “Elvis couldn’t believe he had his own bike and rode it proudly down the block!”

Elvis was also given a helmet, as well as a basketball for when he’s not riding around the neighborhood on his new bike.

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