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Dad Snaps Photo of Autistic Son’s ‘About Me’ Work at School. He’s Saddened By His List of ‘Friends’


When Bob Cornelius took a photo of his son Christopher’s school project on Back to School Night, he didn’t take a close look at the answers. It wasn’t until he got home that Cornelius had the chance to really read what Christopher had written.

He found that his son’s answer to one question in particular broke his heart.

On the line where Christopher had been asked to list his friends, his son had written, “no one.”

According to Pop Sugar, reading that response was devastating for Cornelius. Christopher is autistic, and seeing his loneliness expressed so starkly was difficult to bear. Cornelius shared the photo in a Facebook post, where he writes about his reaction to his son’s words:

“Never have five letters cut so deep, and they weren’t even directed at me … it was just an overly simplistic statement that spoke volumes.”

Cornelius referenced the viral story of the college football star who sat with an autistic boy at lunch. That story had a happy ending. But as Cornelius points out, there were many days when the boy in that story sat alone, ignored by the children around him – READ MORE

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