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Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:15 AM

Photo of 8-year-old Wichita boy helping classmate with autism goes viral

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -
A first day of school picture is going viral, in a really good way.

Two Wichita elementary school boys began the new school year with a lesson in kindness.

"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," says Courtney Moore.

What Christian didn't know that day...is that Connor is autistic. He was overwhelmed with everything going on around him at Minneha Elementary School.

"I fear everyday 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," says April Crites.

It was a moment in time, caught... now capturing the hearts of strangers all over. But to the boys, it was simple.

"He was kind to me. It was in the 1st day of school and I started crying then he helped me and I was happy," says Connor Crites.

More: http://www.kake.com/story/40955979/photo-of-8-year-old-wichita-boy-helping-classmate-with-autism-goes-viral?fbclid=IwAR1zvrDIGcYIxSebqdY-uQOVfvqmYh8sdbSTbgOcbn4_1ChJtorSAxg02Xo#.XWKC-2pCxO0.facebook

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Reply Photo of 8-year-old Wichita boy helping classmate with autism goes viral (Original post)
Quixote1818 Aug 2019 OP
kacekwl Aug 2019 #1
BigmanPigman Aug 2019 #27
dhill926 Aug 2019 #34
CurtEastPoint Aug 2019 #2
FiveGoodMen Aug 2019 #4
Cracklin Charlie Aug 2019 #3
W_HAMILTON Aug 2019 #20
Cracklin Charlie Aug 2019 #23
renate Aug 2019 #25
smirkymonkey Aug 2019 #5
mcar Aug 2019 #6
blueinredohio Aug 2019 #7
Kid Berwyn Aug 2019 #8
grantcart Aug 2019 #9
Moostache Aug 2019 #10
usaf-vet Aug 2019 #11
iluvtennis Aug 2019 #12
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2019 #13
AllaN01Bear Aug 2019 #14
spinbaby Aug 2019 #15
Skittles Aug 2019 #26
volstork Aug 2019 #16
geardaddy Aug 2019 #17
world wide wally Aug 2019 #18
lunatica Aug 2019 #19
Karadeniz Aug 2019 #21
Kind of Blue Aug 2019 #22
Skittles Aug 2019 #24
Gothmog Aug 2019 #28
warmfeet Aug 2019 #29
TomSlick Aug 2019 #30
PandoraAwakened Aug 2019 #31
Blue_true Aug 2019 #32
George II Aug 2019 #33
Ilsa Aug 2019 #35
sarge43 Aug 2019 #36

Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:30 AM

1. I see it all the time with the younger kids.

They comfort others when sad or crying. As they get older and "grow up" sadly that goes away in most cases.

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Response to kacekwl (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 05:37 PM

27. Exactly! I taught First Grade and they LOVE to help each other.

Whenever I had a new student they would actually argue over who would get to take her to lunch, the bathroom, sit next to the new student, etc. If someone didn't understand English or know where something was they all wanted to help at the same time. I used to have to make them take turns helping out. This ends around 4th grade and by the 6th grade forget it, it is the opposite. The peer group system and bullying takes over.

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Response to kacekwl (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 11:49 PM

34. You've got to be carefully taught...

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:37 AM

2. That kid knows more about the message of (fill in the blank w/your preferred religion, if any) than

any (fill in the blank with a 'leader' of that religion.)

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:47 AM

4. You've got that right!

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:43 AM

3. Those boys found each other on the first day of school.

That friendship was meant to be.

My sonís first grade teacher greeted me in tears at his first parent teacher conference. I was worried for a minute. Then she started telling me about how my son walked to recess every day with Katie, a fairly profoundly disabled child in his class.

He would walk Katie to the swing set, help her onto her swing, get her going, and then run off to play kickball.

And then he would come back every few minutes and give her a gentle push, until recess was over and he walked her inside.

By the end of that conference, we were all bawling.

Would love to see Christianís mom after his first conference!

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 02:45 PM

20. That's so sweet -- how old is your son now?

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Response to W_HAMILTON (Reply #20)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 03:46 PM

23. He is 28 years old now.

I think he would still walk through fire if he saw someone in need of help.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 05:02 PM

25. what I find especially touching about this story is that you didn't know!

He simply did the right, kind thing. Either/both he didn't see kindness as a big deal but as something natural, or he didn't want to pat his own back. Whatever his reasoning, what a beautiful, beautiful thing to do.

My gosh, how proud you must have been to hear about that! And how proud of him you must be now!

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:48 AM

5. How sweet!

If only more people could be like this, the world would be a wonderful place.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:52 AM

6. Just beautiful!

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:53 AM

7. So sweet, we need a lot more of this.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:55 AM

8. "He was kind to me."

ďIt was in the 1st day of school and I started crying then he helped me and I was happy," Connor Crites said.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 11:19 AM

9. The video is a great addition to a great story

I was struck at how composed Christian was inthe photo and the video.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 11:28 AM

10. I needed that today...

Thank you Christian and Connor for providing a glimpse at what CAN be, what SHOULD be and what we FIGHT for...

In today's world, this kind of innocent kindness is all too rare, but all too precious as well. If this example of pure human decency is not the world we want to build, then why bother fighting at all? If all there is in the world is a zero sum battle of "I have to win, so you have to lose" thinking, then we are lost forever.

These little boys have provided a gift to me today...an too brief respite from the torrent of bad all around me, and for that, I thank them both, but in particular Christian for simply being kind and being an example in a world that so often see color and passes judgement before ever seeing just how amazing anyone can be if you give them the chance first.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 11:36 AM

11. Two kids who have not been taught to hate.

Life would be so much better without taught hate.

Christian's parents should be proud of their son and thanked for their caring son.

Connor and his family are lucky to have this new friend.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 12:32 PM

12. Aww, so sweet. If only the innocence of childhood could be kept for adolescence and adulthood.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 12:38 PM

13. Already a gentleman. . . . nt

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 12:41 PM

14. i have always felt that getting rid of homerooms for special ed kids was wrong .

i was one of them.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 12:47 PM

15. I hope my grandson finds someone

Heís autistic and starting kindergarten today.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #15)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 05:05 PM

26. certainly there is much more awareness of autism now

I remember no one knowing what was wrong with my brother, for decades. Now I have worked in the IT field with some very smart autistic folk. You get used to them being different and see what they have to offer.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 12:55 PM

16. Something in my eye....



What a great story. Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 01:19 PM

17. I have something in my eye.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 01:34 PM

18. ...and a child shall lead them

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 02:43 PM

19. I started bawling and

had to take time out have a real cry!

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 02:46 PM

21. This is soul and this behavior is what christianity is about not what is taught in catechism class o

Vacation Sunday school to children.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 03:17 PM

22. K&R!

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 05:02 PM

24. eveyone needs a friend like Chistian

yes indeed

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 06:00 PM

28. Thank you for posting this

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 07:42 PM

29. We help one another.

This is how we survive.

This one of the most beautiful things I have seen.

Tears of joy emoji.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 07:54 PM

30. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 09:53 PM

31. This warms my heart! n/t

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:04 PM

32. That 8 year old boy's parents should be bursting with pride.

What they taught him about empathy and respecting others on display.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2019, 10:50 PM

33. They're not old enough to be taught to hate each other. Let's hope that never happens.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2019, 08:17 AM

35. Peers are amazing! And so are their parents.

Teaching kindness early on is critical, IMO. Peers make going to school a happy event for many kids with disabilities.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2019, 08:21 AM

36. A hero doesn't have to wear a cape...just be kind. n/t

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