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Homeless Teen’s Determination Pays Off

A 19-year-old homeless teen biked for six hours just to get to college, WSB-TV reports.

Fred Barley was found by police officers sleeping in a tent over the weekend outside of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia.

Barley told officers he had ridden his little brother’s bike six hours from Conyers to the campus to register for classes for his second semester of college. He had two duffel bags that contained all of his belongings, including 2 gallons of water as he rode through the Georgia heat.

Now that Barley has safely arrived on campus, he is facing another issue. Gordon State’s dorms don’t open until August. He pitched a tent on campus and intended to spend the next few week’s there, with nothing more than a box of cereal to eat.

The media outlet reports that Barley spent the day job searching and had just returned to his tent when officers discovered him. They were responding to a report of someone sleeping in a tent on campus.

Police told Barley to come out with his hands up, but immediately noticed that this was not a typical case of trespassing.

Barley, a biology major, told the officers he thought the bushes on campus would be a much safer place to sleep than the streets of Conyers.

“He was so understanding and he said, ‘I definitely I applaud you for doing this. We can’t allow you to stay here, but I have somewhere you can stay,’” Barley told WSP-TV.

The officers took Barley to a motel and paid for two nights stay.

“The stuff that’s happening with police officers, I am black and he didn’t care what color I was. He just helped me, and that meant a lot,” Barley said.

That isn’t all.

The officer’s wife posted the story on a Barnesville community Facebook page and hundreds of people stepped up to help. The motel owner, along with Barnesville resident Casey Barney, paid for Barley to stay in the motel until his dorm opens up.

And on Monday, DB’s Pizzeria hired him as a dishwasher.

“I created a position for him before he walked in my door,” owner Debbie Adamson said. “I didn’t know his name. I didn’t know the color of his skin. I didn’t care. I’ve been there so I guess I had a soft spot for anyone who is that determined to succeed in life.”

Now this is a happy headline!