After an autistic teen was bullied by his soccer teammates, he wound up getting sweet redemption that made the situation better.
Last week, Opposing Views reported about 16-year-old Austin Babinsack, the Pittsburgh-area teen who was attached to a pole using plastic wrap by some of his fellow teammates. Babinsack was left tied to the pole for at least 15 minutes while he cried and called out for help. Finally, an off-duty police officer heard his cries and rushed to help him.
“I was really shaken, I thought I was gonna be stuck there for a long time,” said Babinsack. The teen’s mother says her son believed he was going to die, and after he was free, he couldn’t move past what had happened to him.
Soon after the incident, the school district’s health and physical education director Justin Miller heard about what happened and decided to do something for Babinsack. Miller picked up the phone and called the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a professional soccer team, and arranged for a limo to pick Babinsack up at his home and bring him to the Riverhounds to meet them and play some soccer.
“You should be able to rely on your teammates. That’s a part of the game. When you hear about things like this, it’s sad,” said Pittsburgh Riverhounds goalie Hunter Gilstrap. “We’re trying to make it a really positive experience.”
“It feels really nice,” Babinsack said of the experience.
Police in the teen’s town are still investigating the incident, and reports say that the students involved as well as the high school soccer coach.