Couple offers to fix suspended honor student's car

Published: Jan. 24, 2015 at 9:38 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2015 at 12:56 AM CST
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Precious Walker says she carried a box cutter to school because it made her feel safer. (Photo...
Precious Walker says she carried a box cutter to school because it made her feel safer. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An anonymous couple came forward to help fix the car belonging to the family of the teenager who was suspended for carrying a box cutter to school.

Precious Walker was arrested after security officers at Westwood High School found a box cutter in her purse. She says she carried the box cutter for protection on her walk to school.

Her mother says the family's car was broken down, which is why Precious had to walk nearly two miles to school.

One couple was so deeply moved by the Walkers' story, they stepped up and paid to have the family's car repaired. The car was taken to Firestone in Southaven, where it received a tune up and the tires were replaced.

"I think it's a blessing," Zack Keough, the manager of Firestone in Southaven, said. "In this day and age, you don't really see somebody go out of their way to help a total stranger."

Red Door Wealth Management was also moved by the story. Monday morning, the group stopped by WMC Action News 5 to drop money off to reimburse the Walkers for Precious' bail.

Precious' mother says before the WMC Action News 5 story aired Friday, she had lost hope.

"I didn't think people would respond," Tameka Walker said. "When you walked into my house, you hugged us. You even cried with us. It was something else."

A nursing school administrator also reached out to Precious to help steer her towards her dream of becoming a nurse.

"It feels good to know there are people out in the world who understand and support us." Tameka Walker said.

But with all the support from around the community, the matter of Precious' felony remains. She's due in Criminal Court Division 15 on February 5.

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