Teen spots 11-year-old crying at the back of the bus – finds out the truth then hands over his cash

The first day of a new school can be very scary for some children. Not knowing what to expect, who their new classmates will be and if they’re going to make any friends can be daunting for even the most confident of pupils.

Just getting to school can be problematic if you have to rely on public transport. This was a huge problem for one 11-year-old boy whose first day at high school didn’t exactly go according to plan.


Tom O’Brien, 15, was on his way home after his first day back at Holy Family Catholic School, in Liverpool, England. He asked a couple of younger boys on the bus home how their first day went at their new school. One of those boys he spoke to was Alex Furlong, who had spent a nervous but exciting first day at Holy Family School.

Thoughtful teen Tom clearly hadn’t forgotten what it was like to start high school and wanted to make sure the younger boys hadn’t had a bad day.

Tom, who was with his two friends Harry Campbell and Dylan Robson, then spotted an 11-year-old boy at the back of the bus who was crying. Tom asked him what was wrong and he told him he’d got on the wrong bus and knew he was heading further and further away from home without a clue how to get back.


Tom and his friends immediately jumped into action and got off the bus with the very tearful youngster at the next stop. There they called the boy a cab, waited with him until it arrived and even offered to pay for it!

According to newspaper the  Liverpool Echo, the cab driver did not charge the boy and his parents for the young boy’s ride home, and dropped the cash back off at school for Tom.

“Faith in humanity restored a little today”

Alex watched older boy Tom in action and went straight home to tell his mom about the hero he’d just met on the bus home.

His mom Ruth Furlong was so impressed by Tom and his friends, she posted about it on Facebook.

There really are some truly decent kids out there! Alex’s first day at high school yesterday and on the bus ride home, a…

Posted by Ruth Furlong on Thursday, 6 September 2018

Tom’s sister Katie responded to the post identifying Tom as her younger brother saying: “Ahhh everyone it was my little brother. I’ve just been tagged in this by a friend of mine who’s seen this status. We are so proud of Tom and it’s so lovely to know he’s a good lad in the outside world ? xx”

student helps lost boy get home from school cab
Photo courtesy: Kenny O’Brien

What a wonderful young man Tom is and such a great example to these new students at his school.

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