Heartwarming moment an eight-year-old boy consoles his crying autistic classmate on their first day of school in a viral photo
An 8-year-old child has touched the hearts of people around the world after he was photographed consoling an autistic classmate at their first school day in Kansas.
The photo of Christian Moore holding his classmate’s – 8-year-old Connor Crites – hand during their first school day of 2nd grade on August 14 at the Minneha Elementary School in Wichita.
Connor had been having a harsh day and told local news that Christian held his hand in a kind gesture.
‘He was kind to me,’ the second grader said to KAKE. ‘I started crying and then he helped me. And, I was happy. … He found me and held my hand and I got happy tears.’
Christian’s mother, Courtney, witnessed the entire act of kindness unfold and said that the boys created an ‘inseparable bond’ from the heartwarming moment.
“I saw him on the ground with Connor as Connor was crying in the corner and he was consoling him,'” she stated.
“He grabs his hand and walks him to the front door. We waited until the bell rang and he walked him inside of the school. The rest is history. They have an inseparable bond.”
On Facebook, Courtney shared that it has been an honor to raise such a loving and compassionate child!
Later on, she shared comments from the Crites family, including from his mother and grandmother.
April, Connor’s mother, gave her thanks before she added:
‘I worry everyday that he is going to get bullied for being different and your son just absolutely warmed my heart. If there were more children like him I wouldn’t worry about such things.’
‘Thank you so much ma’am for raising such a wonderful child,’ the second grader’s grandmother, Daisy Harjo, said. ‘More parents need to teach their children how to be compassionate.’
April would later share that she oftentimes fears for her boy and his time at school.
‘I fear everyday that someone is going to laugh at him because he doesn’t speak correctly, or laugh at him because he doesn’t sit still or because he jumps up and down and flaps his hands,’ she said.
She then continued:
‘It doesn’t matter color, it doesn’t matter gender, it doesn’t matter disability, and it doesn’t matter anything, just be kind, open your heart… it’s what we need in this world.’
The initial photo has been shared more than 27000 times and reacted to more than 43000 times.
You can watch ABC News’ coverage of the story in the video below.
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