Last Sunday, 12 year old Justin was left in charge of is four younger siblings. Everything was going just fine. Justin and his three younger brothers all slept in the living room that night. At 2am, Justin woke up to the smell of smoke. He quickly woke his brothers and evacuated the house. He knew his three year old sister was still inside so he tried his best to wake the neighbors for help. With no luck Justin did the only thing he knew to do.
"I had to pick her up" Says Justin, "and she was real stiff. I was just real scared at that point"
Sources say the boy even had to kick down a door!
He then went back into the house to dial 911. The house couldn't be saved, but all five children came out completely unharmed.
Most of the comments commended this boy and his heroism. Some comments, however, were less than flattering "Where were the parents??" Many people were asking. "Why wasn't someone there with them? That's a lot to leave with a 12 year old boy..."
The article mentioned that Justin's parents were both working. While it is true that many 12 year old children in this world probably couldn't handle babysitting four children ranging from age 3 to age 9, but just reading about what this boy did obviously tells me the parents left the young children with the absolute best possible person. A responsible older brother who loves them enough to risk his own life to save each of theirs.
It really saddens me to see that there really are people out there who see the bad in everything rather than dwell on the good things.
Good for you Justin for being so brave! And good job Mom and Dad for raising such an amazing kid! I bet his parents know for a fact they have nothing to worry about as long as big brother is home.