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12-year-old honorary Houston officer harassed at Houston gas station

12-year-old honorary Houston officer harassed at Houston gas station

12-year-old honorary Houston officer harassed at Houston gas station

In the viral video posted the week of June 10, a group of young people could be seen yelling at DJ in the parking lot of a gas station. He said the people in the video made jokes and laughed at his haircut, uniform and even took his flashlight at that time. He can be seen dancing and shouting “arrest us!” to DJ.

“To them it didn’t really feel like they were harassing me, but just because I’m a kid and they were doing it in front of me it made me feel like they were harassing me,” he told the Chronicle on Monday.

DJ’s father, Theodis Daniel, said he was talking to other people at the gas station about DJ’s accomplishments before he noticed the group around him and had to intervene. Daniel said his son had gotten used to people making fun of him and told his father that he wanted to teach them a lesson by educating them.

“Maybe now they won’t be too quick to judge,” Daniel said. “People can sit and just talk, but listen a little more with our ears, we wouldn’t have a problem.”

DJ said he worries when people make fun of him, because he’s afraid that too much stress could send him back to the hospital. Daniel said DJ has undergone 13 brain surgeries that have caused hair loss and scarring due to the removal of a tumor.

“We’re used to all the frenetic behavior and it’s nothing we’re not used to,” Daniel said. “Every time they see him in his uniform he laughs a lot, some of them may ridicule him and make jokes about him. Many times he doesn’t want me to intervene; he prefers to do it himself.”

The viral video generated thousands of comments in support of DJ and caught the attention of Matthews, who said he responded to let people know that “we are not going to tolerate or normalize that type of behavior.”

“I was completely disgusted because that’s how bullying starts and for them to make fun of that kid not knowing he’s a cancer survivor, I was completely upset and I had to say something about it,” Matthews said.

Daniel and DJ said they don’t hate anyone in the situation, but they just wanted the response to the video to be a lesson learned.

“Honestly, because of that video I would just tell them to stop being mean and that before posting anything they should ask permission,” DJ said. “You never know if you’re going to post something and you might get in trouble for it, so what’s the point of posting it anyway?”