An Oklahoma teen is receiving praise for doing something his father was incapable of doing – being honest. Fifteen-year-old Christian Lunsford’s dad did what many would consider to be the lowest of the lows when it comes to robbery. Christian’s dad robbed a 78-year-old widow, at a graveyard, who had just lost her husband of 60 years two weeks prior, reports the Inquisitr on Sept. 29.
Tona Herndon of Bethany, Okla. was so clouded with grief that she barely knew she was being robbed by a man more than half her age, the 39-year-old Shane Lunsford.
“You know, I really didn't even know anything was going wrong until I was halfway in the car,” Herndon said.
Police were able to catch Shane, who had made off with the woman’s purse and $700. His mug shot was carried on the local news, and of course, his son was watching.
Christian’s parents divorced when he was just two years old, and he does not often see or hear from his father, who has been in and out of jail at least six times. Two weeks ago, Shane gave Christian $250 for a band trip, and after seeing the story of his father's crime, Christian immediately wanted to make amends.
“There's times that you just feel really low, like, ‘Is that going to be me?’” Christian said. “Am I going to end up like that?”
Evidently not. Christian’s conscience moved him to action where his father’s conscience failed him. In a videotaped meeting in a church parking lot, Christian tried to right the wrong, giving Tona the $250 that he had received from his father.
“It needed to be done,” Christian said. “She needed an apology from somebody. If I didn't apologize, who would?”
Tona was impressed with the heartfelt gesture, and decided to give the money back.
“I thought that was so, so precious,” Tona said. “Any 15-year-old boy who has that much conscience is extraordinary.”
Christian demonstrated the truth that is in all of us:
“You're not who your parents are,” Christian says. “Even if they do raise you, you can become whatever you want to be.”