Teenager Gavin Stone was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism, and ADHD when he was 3 years old. He has difficulties with social interactions and was recently beaten up by some bullies he’d never met before. He suffered from a mild concussion, a bruised esophagus, a broken nose and a bruise in his eye.
After Stone had been beaten up by the strangers, he decided not to press charges.
Instead, Stone requested that the bullies write a paper on Asperger’s and perform disability-related community service. In addition, Stone created a video statement for the attackers to watch watch a video statement “so they could see the damage they did and hear the event from his perspective."
Stone’s story has since gone viral on Facebook. Susan Moffat, whose son is Stone’s best friend, posted about the incident, and the story has since been shared more than 157,000 times.
Stone was attacked on July 3. The group surrounded him and punched and kicked him until he was laying on the pavement, BuzzFeed reported.
Cortnie Stone, Gavin’s mother, originally posted the story on Facebook, and Moffat re-posted the story publicly.
Cortnie hopes some good will come out of sharing the incident.
“If you are reading this, I hope you talk to your teens, tell them about disabilities you can’t see, teach them to be tolerant of people that are different, teach them that if they continuously see someone alone that maybe it is not their choice to be alone, remind them to ask questions first and get to know one another,” she wrote on Facebook.
Image Credit: Susan Moffatt/Facebook