At least that is what he has told his mother.
What a troubling, sad and unfortunate way for a young boy to go through school.
This young boy has a disorder similar to autism and Asperger’s, and therefore social skills are challenging for him. He even eats his lunch alone in the school office everyday because no one will let him sit with them.
Luckily, this little boy has a loving mother, and she took matters into her own hands. She created a special Facebook page for her son where people can send him a happy birthday message.
She plans to show him the page on March 9. You can add your birthday wishes by going to the following link: facebook.com/Coliniseleven. The page currently has more than 2 million “likes.”
It’s safe to assume situations like what Colin is struggling with occur daily at schools everywhere, even here in the Tri-Cities. Chances are you may even know of someone that deals with similar challenges.
If this situation doesn’t grab your attention, something is wrong with you.
If it does, then do something about it. Talk to your kids. Share this story with them, and ask them if they know of anybody at school who isn’t treated nicely, or is picked on by other kids. Suggest they and a couple of friends sit down at lunch by the classmate who is eating alone, for whatever reason. Perhaps even invite them to play at recess. Ask them to put themselves in that child’s position. How do they think that would feel?
Kids at any age shouldn’t have to grow up under these kinds of conditions. We as a society and a community must look for these kids and reach out to them. It’s not OK to turn away and leave it to someone else to take care of.
Together, we must “Elevate Empathy.”
Happy birthday, Colin!
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