As many of you have already read, my grandson Noah, a 10 year old with Asperger’s, is currently in a psychiatric hospital because his only option to the bullying he suffered at school, seemed to be suicide.
He is perhaps one of the lucky ones. I briefly heard a news report this week of another young boy with Asperger’s who had stabbed his bully.
We have started a group called Noah’s Ark for my grandson because now we must spend all our time trying to erase the damage caused and hoping to convince him that the bullies are the minority and that there are many good people out there in the world who care. We also started a go fund page to help offset the cost for Noah’s family. The victims are left with the damage and the costs. The bullies are seldom taken to task.
Please join the group and offer words of encouragement to a little boy and please contribute if you can.
I found this incredible comprehensive article on bullying that I urge you to read. Please spread the word. This has to stop.
My Aspergers Child: The Bullying of Aspergers Children
A sad fact: The majority of children with Aspergers will experience repeated bullying and/or victimization at school. Aspergers students are easy targets for a variety of reasons:
• Due to having a low social IQ, they let things build up …then retaliate without an awareness of what the consequences might be
• They appear different than their “typical” peers
• They are not always aware of teasing or bullying behavior
• “Intimidation” is not in their vocabulary
• The need to dominate or control others is not part of their personality
Aspergers children who are bullied are more likely to be depressed, anxious, and suicidal. They struggle in school (when they decide to show up at all). They’re more likely to carry weapons, get in physical fights, and abuse drugs. But when it comes to the actual damage bullying does, the picture becomes more clouded. (read more by clicking link below.)
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