Autistic Children who are Hanging in There


Hanging in there...

This little boy had PDD from birth, and was already on second grade in a Special education School in Pennsylvania. He had already been kicked out from 3 schools before he landed on this one: 'Paving the way' Academy. His behavior was improving in the last three years but, his mind was not ready to socialize with the average kid his age, 9.

FEBRUARY 7, 2012



3:45 P.M.

Little Richard was already positioned himself on his assigned seat. Monitors were used to strap their bodies and shoulders against the seat. This was done in order to prevent misbehavior and keep them at bay while the Bus driver was dropping other kids. It's 3:50 and the bus leaves...



4:15 P.M.

Michael feels a shadow behind him and in a split of second gets hit on the head. Instinctively, he looks the other way and shut his eyes. He hears, bad words and we see the aggressor; A 16 years old big bellied boy, that with no reason hit the boy. To make things worse, he made a fist and hit little Michael's on his Chest.


what was hapenning?

This boy had been hating Michael from last year. Michael's Basketball skills were amazing and was wise enough to master the hoop, like a real professional. Back to our story: The Bus driver didn't stop, he just hollered to this monster, who ran back to his seat. His name? Randy. He waited for this moment for so long. Poor Michael was just swinging his head back and forth. Being autistic takes some pain away and make the kid stronger. But we could see his eyes, getting watery and trying to pronounce the word: Why me..?

The damage was inflicted, and the driver didn't want to deal with a problem like this. Michael's head was bleeding and he didn't mind. But the monster got off on the corner near his house. Randy's Father was a City Council and the bus driver knew it all along.



4:45 P.M.

Michael was anxious to get away from his seat. Meanwhile the driver tried to clean the blood around his ears and Shirt. Kids that were next to him, were just waiting for the moment to say something. Their ages ranged from 8 to 14 years old, except for the 'monster,' who flunked for two years and took all his anger on life, and on little Michael. As soon as Michael was dropped, the kids started shouting through the windows, "Michael was hit hard by Randy!! The driver didn't do s##!"

Michael's mom reacted immediately and saw her kid, showing a swollen head and a red chest. She wanted some answers from this driver, who excusing himself left her with her words.


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All little Michael did, was run to his room to play with his Portable PS. Mom called the school, but all were gone except the cleaning lady. She took her kid to the Hospital and got him checked. The result was just a small concussion and lacerations. She was pissed and she wanted some answers.



8.30 A.M.

Jane, Michael's mom was at the Principal's Office and after 1 hour of complaining, the Principal gave her some answers... that were written on a report for her to keep:

  • Little Michael got on Randy's nerves by repeating the words: "I want my dad! I want my dad!"
  • Randy was on special med at the time of the incident and was excused of the blame.
  • The driver did his best to stop them and almost had an accident
  • The driver will resign effectively tomorrow. A politician has offered him a job on his campaign.

Randy's dad was concerned, and paid for Michael's medical bills minus the deductible from the school insurance. A concerned mother had to leave, While the Principal held a private meeting with Randy's dad.

The Aftermath

We never knew but Randy's dad was running for Mayor and the School received donations in his kid's name. Michael is doing well, and is actively playing Basketball and might become the next Michael Jordan. Randy accidentally died on a car crash on February 19, 2012. His dad had given permission to go out with an18 years old friend, and unfortunately both didn't make it home.

What the....??

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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Your poll asks if this is real...I don't know if this particular story is, but this story does play out for real every day in America...a child with special needs is bullied and the bully gets excuses for his behavior while the special needs child is hurting...excellent hub...

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

well this might not be a true story but like justteacher says it is probably real somewhere. and it is sad. these poor children that are being bullied every day. Great reading. voted way up


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Sadly bullying does happen and I blame the school system if they tolorate it one little bit..Ours did not We had 100 percent no Bullying allowed! We had talks within the classroom, speakers, interventions throughout the year to talk with the children.Special Ed children are integrated in the class rooms and other children are assigned to help them thus learning compassion. It is unacceptable! I think this could very well be a true story...Thank you Lord for keeping this in the forfront.

God bless,


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Bullying is a reality in the lives of hundreds if not thousands of kids and young people everyday and of course to a lesser extent in the workplace. This is the reason I wrote High School Blues, because more often than not the victim is neglected, suffers quietly and is made to feel they are to blame while time attention and programs are spent on the bully to find a reason and help change the behaviors. Necessary but often misappropriated, in my opinion.Those that are bullied need all the help we can give them to be stronger and more resilient. I hope this story isn't true but as a school counselor for many years my guess is it probably is. So sad!!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is very sad. Schools and society in general are not doing enough to handle this. It breaks my heart as someone who was bullied. Voting up and sharing.

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Dawn Conklin 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Not sure if it is real, voted maybe as it could be real. Unfortunately it is not far from something that could happen. Very sad!

Last school year my girls had a little bit of learning about bullying, this school year they had a week and a half of learning. Each day they had to wear certain colors (each day was different) and they learned the meaning of why they wore that color. I think it was great! I have not heard of much bullying in our schools, but they are very serious about it. Voted up

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Bullying is awful. You ask in your poll if this is real or not, I'm not sure. Well written, that I know. I vote up and 'interesting'. Take care.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi there JustaTeacher,

Certainly this hub is real and has capture the story of 2 children, whom I know. The final story in here is an adaptation from these two cases. It's really sad how the system cover certain individuals that have more power. Thanks for your input.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Good Evening Debbie Brooks,

This is happening in Dallas, in Desmoines, or in Shanksville. Kids are bullied more than ever and some get away with it. The most they can is apologize at the end of the senior years, but the damage has been inflicted for life. Thanks for your comment my friend


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hello Sunnie,

You better because you did work for the system, and it's not any different on the North East. Bullies are roaming the streets looking for the weak preys that actually might be one of our neighbors' kids, and I've seen them suffering. This is worst than a nuclear attack. The damage will be carried upon for years. The system really sucks, and we know it so well. The Board of Educations Is just another political front that doesn't do as much. Thanks for your sincere comment and God bless too.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi there down Under Carter06,

You have a good point in here. Bullies get away with murder, but at the end, they will have to answer to a mayor entity. The story puts together two stories and as far as we know, the bullying will continue. A powerful politician can do and undo in front of you and you family. Actually they all lie. Thanks for your feeback and welcome to HP.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Tammy for your comment! You know better than anyone; it has happened 40 miles from where you have been born and it really touched my heart. Life in Western PA is really like living a ghostly existence. just by driving near Somerset or Johnstown, We still can see buildings that were constructed around Kennedy's era. Kids don't have much incentives and parents barely have a decent job. Maybe this is just the tip of the iceberg and we should do something about it.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks for visiting Dawn Conklin,

Glad to hear about your kids. What Sunnie mentioned earlier on was a very good example; integration and participation. And what your kid's school did, is also commendable. The thing is, what's going to be the budget for next year? Some Teachers are really tied handed and do the best they can. Thanks again!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your words ChrystiWrites,

Hope this hub opens some eyes and will be able, consequently, to create the momentum for real awareness for the sake of these kids.


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Lord de cross.

A very likely story.

We have so many different cultures growing up together. Outside of their homes these children are normal American, British, German, French or where ever they live but as soon as they are back inside the house it's back to speaking the laguage of the parents and the customs of their native land.

What the kid's learn at home comes out in their behaviour. They learn at a very young age to be better than the next even if bullying or harrasment is part of achiving this. This type of behaviour is not new it's been around a long time and will not go away overnight.

In your places of work it's there as well, but they give it the fancy name of Mugging. The difference is on one side it's children on the other it's adults.

It's a problem that the human race has and will always have.

Thank you for a very interesting hub lord.

Take care.

LOL Ghaelach

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Ghaelach, you are welcome my friend,

Whether it's in London, Frankfurt or New England (USA), the problem has been around, like you said, for ages. Going back to William Tell or Little John from Robin Hood... It's been a serious problem. Of course he have it at work and it's a pain in the neck for any of us. Thanks for your support Ghaelach.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Unfortunately this kind of abuse especially among handicapped children happens much too often. It makes it so much worse when tragedy strikes like it did for Randy. I'm so glad to hear Michael has a future.

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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida


This problem exists because all American School's segregate the disabled population from the general education population. And when you mix special needs population especially those with behavior problems with other special needs populations; behavior problems spread and get worse. Ideally Micheal and Randy would have been on seperate buses with general education population which would have had a zero tolerance towards physical agression and been well aware of it. Randy would not have dared break the socail morray of hitting another student because he was out numbered and Micheal would have never been subjected.

Until there is a desegregration of special education children into general education classes this will continue to be the norm for all special needs children.

It is amazing we have a black president who believes in segregation of disabled people? How progressive is that?

Not to mention that the opportunities for positive socialization with children who by the definition of their disability have difficulty socializing is significantly low. Autism is being worsened by segregration.

As for the bus driver, $8 an hour and they are not trained. The buses are death traps in themselves. Desegregate and see how it effects the special needs poulation.

Great article.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Gypsy Rose,

So far Michael is doing well...a dn some sources said that he might become a future preacher, who knows. But there is a reason for everything.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Wow! JT,

I think your Bosch genes are coming out on election year. I would vote for you for sure. A Woman President would be right on target with those morons from Congress. No wonder Kennedy and Martin Luther King didn't go that far. Change is needed and will happen sooner or later. Thanks for your extensive comment JT.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Thanks Lord,

I may make you my campaign manager!!

Happy Day Friend!!



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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi there JT,

that would be nice, but are you sure you want to run for President? You have Hillary and Michelle as potential candidates...unless you give it to your son.

Have a nice one JT,

Please Anderson, no more Questions...!

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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

It reserve all my ambutions for my child. My son can be the first autistic person to be president in the USA. It is time. I can settle for being senator.

Thanks Lord!!

Maybe you should run.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Nah..I'm like Jim Carrey walking down Pensylvania Ave...shotting 'Liar..liar part deux!' You know?

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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

Bullies are also victims of aggression...they just want to vent out their frustrations...but the problem is they vent it on the wrong people...sigh...there's always truth to this story Might lord...

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Good morning Raciniwa, Actually this hub is based on a true story. and is sad, because people in charge look the other way fearing further actions.Have a wonderful day my friend.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

As I read this Hub, I'm thinking these two should not have been on the same bus. In our county, the disabled students (whether mentally or physically) ride special busses. Bullying is a problem everywhere now a days, it seems. Very informative Hub. Thanks.

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