I am not quite certain if this ranks above or below Ann Coulter on the meter of things that are just plain absurd, or whether or not there should be a category for people who cannot control idiocy that comes from their mouth and another for people who take advantage of people with disabilities. Maybe you can help me decide.
A bus assistant in Broward County was arrested for choking an autistic boy with a safety harness while riding the bus. Where do I even begin?
The 13 year-old autistic boy had wet his pants while riding the bus, and, according to the article, touching the spot before reaching back to touch the bus assistant. Now, before you get all high and mighty and say the boy should have known better, I invite you to either close your browser or understand that he probably did not know better. He had an accident in his pants, and I would imagine that he thought the only way to communicate it to the bus assistant was to literally show him. Just because a neurotypical child would have known better does not automatically mean that an autistic child does.
And this part of the article makes me want to drive down to Broward County and have a talk with this “man:”
At one point, Blue said while choking the boy, “He won’t be this color when he gets home, he will raspberry,” the affidavit said. About 12 minutes later, the bus driver told Blue, “You’re choking him,” the affidavit said.
So apparently, this “man” found it somewhat amusing that he was choking the boy and making him change color. Spectacular. As a parent, that makes me mad. As a parent of a child on the spectrum, that makes my blood boil.
Let something like this ever happen to Kaitlyn, and I guarantee that I would move Heaven and Earth to be able to have a little one-on-one time with the person.
Until we adequately educate people, and people commit to actually becoming educated, incidents such as this will continue. Maybe next time it will not be a bus assistant. Maybe it will be the bully on the playground. No matter who it is, it will be more evidence that shows that our society is not intelligent enough as a whole to accept those who might be a little bit “different” from the rest of society. Maybe when this “man” is fighting for his life one day, this same little boy will be the one in the position to save his life and let him to continue to lead a pathetic existence, and I bet this little boy would not treat him as the worthless piece of garbage that he is. That is the funny (in an ironic way) thing about incidents such as this, the autistic victim has most likely already forgiven the bully and has moved on; I know that Kaitlyn has been extremely forgiving of those who pick on her or bully her. She is one of the most genuinely compassionate people I know, and I have found that to be the case with other autistic children I have been around.