We live in the age of sharing. When I scroll down my timeline, I see people chatting about just about anything you can imagine. Some people are posting photos of an amazing meal they just prepared, or ordered at their favorite restaurant. Some people are venting, or reaching out for companionship. Others are sharing significant life moments, or everyday moments captured on photo, so that friends and family may share that part of their life with them.
There’s the news.
This is where social media gets real. While I see funny news about celebrities and interesting current events… I mostly see real life. People fighting cancer and reaching out to the world for support. Stories of loss. Stories of injustice. Most of these stories ask readers to “like” or “share” to show their support, and I’m always left wondering what exactly that does to help.
When GiveForward contacted me about a story and associated fundraiser they are raising awareness around, I didn’t hesitate to agree. Not only does this story need to be told to draw awareness to the bullying and injustice that occurred… the fundraiser is for a worthy cause.
This story is about the cruelty and intolerance that exist in our society today. This is a story about human rights being violated, and basic respect being thrown out the window. This is the story of a 14 boy in Bay Village , OH who was eager to support ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge, as many were.
The difference between this boy and his peers?
This boy is autistic.
Now hopefully this fact doesn’t make any difference to you, like it doesn’t to me. In my opinion, he had every right to join this challenge just as any other human being did.
So why did I mention it?
A group of boys from this class decided to play a prank on him, using the vulnerability brought on by autism to achieve their crude and mean joke. Instead of pouring ice water on him, they doused him with a bucket filled with feces, urine and spit.
My heart aches for the humiliation, embarrassment, shame and pain this harassment brought this boy and his family.
View the video here (WARNING: This video is graphic and disturbing) .
Luckily, thanks to GiveForward, I have a way to help and so do you.
How you can help
If this story makes you sick to your stomach, angry, and/or outraged; like it does me…. Don’t just sit there. Do something.
This boy was brave enough to share his story, and GiveForward began a fundraiser to help him. Visit the fundraiser here, and show your support. Even if you can’t donate money, leave a comment. Share it with your friends. Do SOMETHING to drive awareness to this boy’s story, and let him know he isn’t facing this fight alone.
How do you fight injustice?
Disclosure: This discussion is sponsored by GiveForward. All opinions are 100% my own.