Video Of Boy With Down’s Syndrome Comforting Classmate With Autism Goes Viral
People said the video showed “what empathy looks like”. The video also struck a chord with parents of children with special needs and many joined the discussion to share their stories.
The video is said to have been filmed by a teacher at a Mexican school.
A video of a small boy comforting his weeping classmate has gone viral on social media.
The touching footage shows how a boy with Down Syndrome tends to his autistic classmate.
In the video, people from around the world refer to as “heartwarming”, a child is seen crying while sitting at a classroom table.
His buddy embraces him to affectionately comfort him, then pats him on the back and gently strokes his hair. In addition, he wipes his friend’s tears off.
“#VIRAL A Down boy with a huge heart, comforting in his own way his teammate, autistic child. Let’s share it,” reads the text accompanying the video.
The video has gathered more than 22 million views since it was first shared.
You can watch it here:
#VIRAL Un chico Down con un enorme corazón, consolando a su manera a su compañero de grupo, niño autista.
Posted by Jalisco oculto on Friday, November 29, 2019
In no time the clip spread to Twitter and Reddit, where people said, “this was what empathy looks like”. The video also resonated with parents of special needs children and many of them joined the conversation to share their own stories.
Here are some of their comments:
My nephew has "Down" Syndrome. I put that in quotation marks because there is nothing downs about it.
I've never seen anybody w/ the ability to empathize like he does.
These kids truly have the most biggest hearts. They are so pure 😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/mkMaKl0zsK
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) December 3, 2019
There is hope for the human race❤ https://t.co/gayqKQAoRT
— Michael Owuor (@Myqall) December 4, 2019
Pure love, comfort and understanding. We can learn a lot from their compassion for and acceptance of one another.
I'm not crying, you're crying https://t.co/FB81IpgdmE
— K. (@KauakahiK) December 4, 2019
This young man with Down syndrome is comforting his distressed classmate who is autistic.
This is the Twitter content I’m here for…💪😍😇🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ekh4e7tvun
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) December 3, 2019
I've worked with kids with developmental "disabilities" before and, honestly, they're some of the best humans in all history. This is beautiful. ❤💓💕💖💗💙💚💛🧡💜💝💞💟 pic.twitter.com/YpBdwQiVBl
— AshErika (@ash_erika) December 3, 2019
If we could all love each other like that this world would be Heaven
— Diesel the Dawg [Feeling Hurter] (@skins214428hail) December 3, 2019
You’ve never been hugged until you’ve been hugged by a person with Down’s Syndrome, they are hugging experts. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL people that we can all learn from
— Dr Flossy McFluffy Pants (@PantsFlossy) December 3, 2019
Thank you for sharing this. It is beautiful. And I applaud the teacher and the school for allowing and encouraging this behavior. Bravo all around! 💙💙💙
— Lisa Nesbit Reuss (@randgmom) December 3, 2019
I'm raising a child with Autism. She has the purest heart and loves to pray for people. If she sees you are sad, even strangers, she immediately wants to hold you and pray. She's eleven now and I pray she keeps that spirit of empathy and prayer. Love this story.😍
— Author-PG’Orge-Walker #🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@PGOrgeWalker) December 3, 2019
I sub in special needs classrooms when I can and moments like this largely why. These kids are always a reminder of seeing the pure good and love in people. I always know these sweet kids give so much more to me than I could to them. They are humanity as it should be.
— TMarie (@TClark79) December 3, 2019
Poor kid was having a rough day but his friend was there to help. I wish we could remain compassionate once we enter adulthood.
— CondomsandMoreforLess🌎🌊🌎🌊 (@CondomsandMore) December 3, 2019
He wipes the boy’s tears at the end. 😭😭 so precious & pure ❤️❤️
— Denise Dreon-Watson (@denise_dreon) December 3, 2019
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