Seventh grader shows support for Mid-South police

Published: Jan. 1, 2015 at 10:11 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 2, 2015 at 4:32 PM CST
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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - A Mid-South student spent the first day of the new year baking cupcakes for police, because she says she wants to ease tensions between the black community and law enforcement across the country.

Leah Harper, 12, got the idea after watching President Obama's challenge to young people to send in short films about the impact of giving back.

Harper's cupcakes are part of a recipe for giving back to police.

"I thought about that all the police and what they have to do," said Leah Harper.

Harper baked around a dozen cupcakes to bring to police in Piperton, Tennessee.

"I thought about all the tension between the police and the black community in Ferguson, Missouri and other cities," Harper said in a speech she read aloud to police.

On the first day of the new year, this seventh grader wants her message shared.

"It is really bad what happened to those boys, but we do not have all of the facts," she read.

Piperton Police Chief Phillip Hendricks was moved by Harper's gesture.

"Being that young, maybe that's what it's going to take in this country, you know starting over at that level," Hendricks said.

Harper's grandfather is a retired Memphis police officer. Hetalked with her after she saw powerful images from protests in Ferguson, Missouri and New York.

"I asked him about the time when he was working and he said there are a lot of circumstances in every situation, and most of the time you only have a split second to make a decision," Harper said.

Hendricks, many of his officers, fire department personnel, and Mayor Henry Coats were at the impromptu dedication Thursday.

"It's not every day. I was very surprised when I received the call that she wanted to do this," said Hendricks.

Harper says she knows police have a tough job and hopes her cupcakes help battle the tension.

"To stop all the crime and things, that's why they're there," Harper said.

Harper plans to put video together from her experience and submit it to the White House's Student Film Festival. For more information, click here.

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