Jacksonville boy dresses up as school security officer for 'Dress As Your Favorite Person Day'
5-year-old Easton wanted to dress as his school security officer Jeffery Cross because he says “he keeps me safe.”
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — A 5-year-old Jacksonville boy is warming hearts after he decided to dress up as his school security officer for Dress As Your Favorite Person Day.
Kindergartener Easton Blocker calls Officer Jeffery Cross a hero and best friend. Cross is the school security officer at Bobby G. Lester Elementary School in Jacksonville.
"From day one, he has always had a fascination with Officer Cross," Easton's mom Lauryn said.Lauryn helped them look just alike for school Wednesday. She made Easton his very own security shirt (junior security, that is.)
"That shirt is probably going to stick with him forever. It means a lot to him," Lauryn said.Seeing Easton all dressed up means a lot to Officer Cross, too.
"It makes me appreciate my job more," Officer Cross said.This is the first year of having armed security officers in the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District. It is the first district in Arkansas to have one in every school."They had questions about why I was armed and I was just telling them, 'I'm armed to protect them from someone bad who would come and hurt them,'" Officer Cross said.