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Toronto cop’s tweet gets Katie Couric’s attention

This Jan. 22, 2013 photo released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Disney/ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua

A Toronto cop has caught the attention of talk show host Katie Couric and elicited some teary-eyed responses with a Twitter post.

On the first day of school on Tuesday, Staff Sgt. Chris Boddy tweeted, “Dear Students, if you see a kid eating alone in the cafe, say hello and join him/her. #thatisnice”

That message was retweeted by Katie Couric to her 898,917 followers the same day and has since gotten more than 1,500 retweets, Boddy said.

“It was a timely message that a lot of people could relate to,” he told CityNews, adding he received many messages that said his message made them teary-eyed.

Boddy told CityNews he first noticed Couric’s handle appearing on his Twitter feed on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Boddy tweeted to his 9,255 followers, “Thanks SO much everyone for the 1500+ [retweets] of yesterday’s ‘#thatisnice’ back to school tweet!”