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9-year-old changes neighborhood for good after his grandma was almost hit by a speeding vehicle

The boy was terrified when his grandma was almost hurt because of the locality's speeding problem. So he decided to take matters into his own hands.

9-year-old changes neighborhood for good after his grandma was almost hit by a speeding vehicle
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It's remarkable to see someone stand up for a problem in their city or country and play their part as a good citizen. It's especially noteworthy when that citizen is nine years old. Rash street racing was a major problem in the locality where William Miller lived. Things were going normally until his grandma almost got hit by a speeding vehicle while trying to cross the road. This was when the boy decided to take matters into his own hands, reports ABC News.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Rene Terp
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Rene Terp

"I didn't want my grandma to get hurt," the 9-year-old expressed. He revealed how normal it was in his locality for people to encounter speeding vehicles. The boy went straight to the city council to get a safer intersection. The boy got all decked up in a tuxedo and appeared before the council. "How are you guys doing today? Me and my grandma would walk to Sonic to get some ice cream. It's very dangerous because of all the street racing," Miller explained. "I wonder if you guys have any solution to fix this." The mayor and police chief met with the 9-year-old to understand the problem better and come up with something to fix the dangerous issue. 

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Oleksandr P
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Oleksandr P

The boy was proud to get the right people's attention and eventually have increased law enforcement in the area. They also introduced a stoplight at the intersection to prevent accidents. "This light here, this is the one that you did," the boy's grandma told him. The woman was astonished and amazed by her little grandson's work and his courage to ask for his rights. Miller even went back to the same council to thank them for taking action after his request. "My grandson who is nine years old has taught me that if you have a problem with where you live, you have to go talk to the people who are in charge," the grandmom proudly shared. The boy's future aspirations are very much in line with the work he is doing at such a young age.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Tim Gouw
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Tim Gouw

"I want to lead the country. I want to be president. I want to do some things for America," Miller remarked. “She has the courage now to walk down the street because there’s a crosswalk and a traffic light,” Miller told AZ Family. “I really believe I can make a difference,” he added. Miller also encourages other people to speak up about the problems they see in their surroundings, go after a solution and seek help from people. William, like any other nine-year-old, also enjoys things like playing catch with his dad, kickboxing and getting ice cream with his grandma—who he loves dearly—at Sonic.


In another similar story, a 12-year-old Black girl refused to change her swimming costume that read "Black Lives Matter." The swimmer donned the letters on her swimsuit to bring people's attention to Amir Locke's death after being shot by Minneapolis police without any warrant as per CNN. The girl, Leidy Gallona, had to miss a race at the Wisconsin meet because the organizers wouldn't allow her to wear something with "political language." The girl, however, refused to change her costume with the support of her mom. They contacted the Duluth YMCA who talked to the meet official who let the girl participate in other races. "The Duluth YMCA is saddened that the student, their family and teammates had to endure this unacceptable behavior. The Duluth YMCA will continue our ongoing commitment to training all staff and volunteers on diversity, equity and inclusion," the organization expressed. 

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