Here is another uplifting story of a young boy named Jonathan who is a 7th grade student, but is also high-functioning autistic. Now as the story in the link above describes, Jonathan wasn't bothering anybody as he was just minding his own business. He just wanted to get back to his New Jersey home when all of a sudden a bully approached him and beat him up. This bully would end up breaking Jonathan's glasses, bruising him and splitting his lip.
The neat thing about this is what the local Cramden, NJ EMT's did to protect Jonathan. They called his mom and drove him home themselves. After they dropped Jonathan off at his home, the EMT's got to planning on what they could do to make Jonathan happy, and it turns out that later on that night they would come back to greet Jonathan again. The EMT's returned with some gifts for Jonathan as they would give him an American flag, a t-shirt that reads "Your Mother's Favorite Firemen" and a new pair of sneakers.
Bullying has been a hot topic for some time now, and it only stays a hot topic because the mentality of certain people doesn't change. We live in a society today where it's okay to trample over someone's dreams and ambitions. We live in a society today where it's the cool thing to single someone out and pick on them just because we feel like we can get away with it. We live in a society today that, by all intents and purposes, is simply apathetic and too much in a hurry to get things done without taking into account how hurtful some people's actions may be.
Like Jonathan I have experienced at least one form of bullying in my life. When I was a child I would get picked on a lot. I was singled out by the other kids in elementary school. I was even roughed up a couple times, but thankfully I never came home with a black eye or with a broken bone. Bullying isn't something that you should just accept because it isn't normal and it isn't healthy for society. However, like Jonathan demonstrated here, it is ideal to show restraint and keep your cool even when things get bad for you.
As an autistic person, just because I may look different and act differently compared to you doesn't mean that you can stand tall over me like an antagonist and tell me how things are going to be. Life isn't meant to work that way, and any sensible person would know that life doesn't work that way. You can't talk behind my back and create enemies for me just because you personally feel insecure about how I live my life. Bullying takes on more than one form, and sometimes some people aren't even aware that they are bullying others. In the case of autistic people, you can't blame us for wanting to be a little more guarded than other people.
I would like to congratulate Jonathan for his courage and I wish him the best in the future.