Hancock Place High School
Hancock Place School District
Abdul Bashir was at school with friends when he noticed serious injuries to a friend’s neck that were hidden. Abdul Bashir realized his friend was in danger if he returned home and notified the school’s Assistant Principal, Tom Dittrich, of what he observed. Abdul Bashir was determined to protect his friend from any further harm and spoke with the school’s SRO, Officer Stephen Rowland, about what he saw to ensure that the proper legal action occurred to help his friend. Because of Abdul Bashir’s action, his friend and his friend’s family members no longer endured the physical abuse, which had been occurring over many years.
So today we honor Abdul Bashir Abdul Zahir for doing the right thing! Thanks to his concern and bravery in a difficult situation, a friend and that friend’s family is safe. St. Louis County Police Officer Stephen Rowland who nominated him stated, “Abdul Bashir not only showed his amazing and intuitive heart in this situation, but has shown a desire to be helpful and honest in other situations that have arisen, and I have become VERY impressed with his strong character.” What a great friend you are, Abdul! We are so proud of you!