Do you remember your first day of school? It’s a big moment, with lots of emotions. For one autistic boy, it all got a bit much. Connor Crites was overwhelmed by the stresses of a new school and the first day of secondary school at Minneha Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas. But luckily for him, another student came to his aid.
Connor was crying in the corner of the playground. Children with autism can often find new, different, or changing situations overwhelming. Connor didn’t know how to cope, so took himself away from his new schoolmates.
Luckily, a boy called Christian noticed him in his state of distress and quietly took his hand. Connor didn’t stop crying, but he allowed Christian to lead him into school, the two new friends helping each other out.
Christian’s mom Courtney Moore snapped a photo, evidently proud of her son’s actions. “I saw him on the ground with Connor as Connor was crying in the corner and he was consoling him. He grabs his hand and walks him to the front door. We waited until the bell rang and he walked him inside of the school. The rest is history. They have an inseparable bond,” she said.
But Connor’s mom April was obviously worried about her son’s distress but happy for his new friend. “I fear every day that someone is going to laugh at him because he doesn’t speak correctly, or laugh at him because he doesn’t sit still or because he jumps up and down and flaps his hands,” she explained.
“It doesn’t matter color, it doesn’t matter gender, it doesn’t matter disability and it doesn’t matter anything, just be kind, open your heart. It’s what we need in this world,” she continued.
But, as for the boys, they had a simple message for everyone. “Be nice,” they said.
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