Disrespected by Police in California

What is it with me and Police Officers? I am so nice and polite and respectful. I can’t figure this out . . .

Today, I arrive my speaking engagement about 45 minutes early. I am speaking at a beautiful school. Actually, it is probably the most beautiful campus I think I have ever seen sitting atop the hillside in San Jose, CA. I am speaking to some 2,000 students in middle school through high school at Valley Christian Jr. Sr. High School. Yeah, me . . . from MTV – I am speaking at a Christian School. I can handle it. I went to an All-Boy Catholic High School in Nashua, NH and I love these schools. The kids were absolutely fantastic and so were the teachers I met. Although I didn’t meet too many the ones I did meet I thought were great.

So, I arrive the school and I am in traffic waiting. Yeah, like every freakin parent had to drop off their kids because either there were no buses or these parents think their kids are to special to ride the bus. I am not sure but I have seen this over and over at these private schools where you never see buses but lines of traffic because parents are enabling the entitlement feelings and attitudes of these kids.

K . . . let’s move on with the story because I can rant all day long. So, I have no idea where to go and I pull up to this police officer and in my nice, gentlemanly, respected, handsome mannerisms, I say, “Excuse me, Sir! I am the keynote speaker for the students today . . . ” Before I can say anything further the police officer says, “I don’t care who you are keep going.” I thought to myself, “WTF!!!! Who is this guy to say that to me when he don’t even know me?” Then as I am about pissed off at my first impression of the school I pull around and come upon another police officer and I ask him, “Sir, I am the speaker today where is the visitors parking spot?” He looks at me like I had three heads and points. Like I freakin know where to park jackass, is what I was thinking.

So I pull up and park in the visitors spot and call the point of contact.

Here is my point . . .

Schools have security and secretaries that are the first people that outsiders meet. They are the ones that sell the building, the community, the students, the teachers, etc. Don’t you think you would be respectful and polite to make a good first impression? Or, are you SOOOOOO busy doing what you have to do that you can afford to be rude?

The answer is simply NO . . .You can’t afford to be rude ever!!!!! Sell the kids, sell the school, sell it to the outsiders that are coming in thinking about maybe sending their kids to your school. The people that want to come to donate money, give back, speak to the kids, whatever . . . You understand????

So, I mentioned what happened and during my lunch period who do you think came to apologize to me? Yes, the police officer #1 who said he didn’t care who I was. Although I saw Police Officer #2 across the common grounds he never came to say anything and I didn’t bother. I thought I would let his ego just be who he was. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks . . . He’s an idiot and probably will always be an idiot but Police Officer #1 I thought had a lot of class by coming up and apologizing. I thought that said something about him.

We all make mistakes. We are not all perfect. I think it says something about a person when they sincerely apologize and own up to the mistakes they made. I was impressed.

So, I go on and do my thing. It was awesome. The kids were great. The band was great. Yeah . . . the band.

I was so impressed with the high school band. They set up which took about 45 minutes to play three songs in front of 1300 kids on the floor and in the bleachers. Speaking of the kids and how they were seated . . .

So, I get there and they wanted to put all the kids on both sides of the bleachers. That wasn’t going to happen and they tried to fight me on that until I pulled out the big stick. Actually, I am just a guest in the building and I would do what they want me to do but I know how best my program is and to lecture kids on both sides of the bleachers would of really sucked so I asked if we could put the kids on the floor and in the bleachers. With great hesitation they said fine.

It was awesome. Again, I had a great day at Valley Christian. Peace to the ones I met and had the opportunity to speak to especially my new friend Tim Harris. Tim is a Division 1 basketball player going to St. Mary’s next year to play ball. Nice kid. Very respectful kid. And to your friend who played football . . . “Get to class.” That was funny when coach came up and you got caught. Hey, I wish you the best at Duke. Don’t forget about us little people when you guys make it big.

Thanks to my new friend and the Youth Pastor Dustin Watson who coordinated the whole event and my visit. You did a great job.

I am a new fan of Valley Christian. May God continue to bless your school and the Police Officers that were rude.

Jeff Yalden

Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives. www.JeffYalden.com

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