Today Charlie got upset in class. You know how annoying it is when someone keeps tapping their pencil next to you or the light across the room is flickering? Well for Charlie who has autism, all those feeling are intensified. He got frustrated and stormed out of the room angry and yelling.
Today in class we are going to talk about differences. There are some obvious ones like how Suzie has blonde hair, but John has brown hair. However some things are more hidden. Some people are born with disabilities that can make them seem different than you. It might take them longer to understand certain things or act out differently than you but that doesn't change them from being a nice person. So before you say rude things to each other try to understand what people are going through.
Why are you so strange. You just left the class screaming. Haha weirdo.
Callie, Charlies twin sister, notices that the students are bullying him about it.
Callie talks to the teacher about what is going on to try and help Charlie.
I heard kids in class bullying Charlie about his moment the other day when he left class. I don't think they understand what he goes through. do you think you could explain to the class about it?
How was your school day sweetie?
Not good! I got overwhelmed and left the class and then my classmates bullied me about it. Then Callie tattletaled and told the teacher when I could have handled it!
I was helping!
The next day at school the students begin to apologize to Charlie for bullying him and being disrespectful. They show more kindness towards him and include him in their activities.
Hey Charlie, I'm really sorry about treating you that way.