B.C. teen has school bag stolen while helping epilepsy patient
Published Monday, November 24, 2014 7:38AM EST
A Langley, B.C., teen who is being hailed for her heroic acts hopes that a hero of her own steps forward with her stolen book bag.
Bailee Cuthbert was at Rahn’s Black Belt Academy, the taekwondo academy where she has trained for 11 years, on Friday when the owner’s daughter asked her to help her sister, Sierra.
Sierra was having an epileptic seizure.
“I was worried about helping,” Cuthbert told CTV Vancouver. “I was worried about trying to make sure she was okay.”
As Cuthbert rushed to help she dropped her book bag in front of the academy.
When she knew Sierra was fine, Cuthbert went looking for her bag. But the bag, and nearly a semester’s worth of work, was gone.
“In the bag I had my tablet computer, my laptop, I had my notebooks for school and stuff,” Cuthbert said.
As Cuthbert drove around the neighbourhood in search of her bag she did her second good deed of the day. She saw an elderly man lying in a parking lot, bleeding.
“I just held his head where it was cut and made sure he was okay and I called 911,” Cuthbert said.
The academy’s owner and Cuthbert’s instructor, Shane Rahn, is proud of his student.
“It's the little things that can save people's lives and do amazing things,” he told CTV.
“That's what Bailee Cuthbert is. She's a hero.”
He also noted that she’s one of the youngest fourth-year black belts in Canada.
Cuthbert hopes that after her day of heroic acts, her own hero comes forward with information about her bag.
Her mother, Lori, says the family cannot easily replace the expensive electronics that were inside.
“We saved for months to get that for her, and we can’t just go get another one,” she told CTV. “So I guess we’ll start saving again.”
With a report from CTV Vancouver’s Michele Brunoro