12-Yr-Old Boy Was Delivering Newspapers, Nosy Neighbors Respond

Posted On : 07/11/2018

12-year-old Uriah Sharp was thrilled to start his first ever job as a paperboy.

It was his first day, so he accidentally delivered some of the papers to the wrong houses. But as Uriah went back to pick them up, he had the police called on him.

Watching from her window in his Ohio neighborhood, a woman called police to report ‘suspicious activity’. 

She called 911 to report both Uriah and his mom, telling the dispatcher she noticed them: ‘walking up to the houses with nothing in hand [then] one of them coming back with something’.

‘I mean, I don’t want to say something was going on, but it just seemed kind of suspicious,’ ABC reported her as saying.

His Mom Was Outraged


Uriah’s mom Brandie Sharp, who was assisting her son on his first day, was shocked when the police pulled up.

They proceeded to question Uriah on his reason for being in his own neighborhood.

Sharp took to Facebook to vent out her frustration: ‘[It is] sad I can’t even teach my son the value of working without someone whispering and looking at us out the side of their eye perhaps because we don’t “look like a person that belongs in their neighborhood.”‘

‘My apologies Upper Arlington for bringing my 12-year-old African American son into your neighborhood to deliver the paper and make a few dollars on the side… NO HARM INTENDED.’ 

The Post Went Viral

After Ms Sharp’s post went viral she received hundreds of messages of support – with many condemning the police and the neighbor.  

Upper Arlington Police responded to the backlash with a statement saying they ‘quickly determined’ there was no issue after attending the call out to ‘suspicious activity’.

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