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The Powerful Story Behind This Photo Will Floor You

Image of boy comforting fellow classmate on the first day of school goes viral.


The first day of school can bring on a lot on nerves, especially for children with special needs. Luckily, there are kids like Christian Moore of Wichita, KS who are all about helping others who might be having a tough time.

Like many other parents Moore's mother, Courtney, snapped a few photos when she dropped off her son for his first day of school. One of her photos showed him holding the hand of his fellow classmate, Connor, who had been hiding in a corner, crying. Without pause, Christian went right over to the boy, grabbed his hand and consoled him. Then, the two boys walked into school together.

When Courtney shared her "proud momma" moment on Facebook, she added a caption to sum up what happened.

"I'm so proud of my son, he seen a kid balled up into a corner crying, so he went to console him, grabbed his hand and walked him inside of the school! It is an honor to raise such a loving, compassionate child! He's a kid with a Big heart, the first day of school started off right."

(Source: Courtney Coko Moore )

The post quickly went viral and the mother of the boy who was crying in the photo posted a comment. Turns out, Connor has autism, a condition that caused him to be quickly overwhelmed by all of the activity going on around him.

"Tell your son I said thank you so very much!" she wrote. That little boy he helped is my son and is autistic, I worry every day that he is going to get bullied for being different and your son just absolutely warmed my heart. If there were more children like him I wouldn't worry about such things."

(Source: Courtney Coko Moore )

Courtney shared that her son suffers from speech problems and that the two boys are "both unique in their own special way."

Since the original photo was posted it has received over 34,000 Likes and has been shared 23,000 times. Courtney hopes the moment can be a lesson in kindness and tolerance, regardless of race.

In a story for KAKE-TV , both moms (pictured below) agreed that, "It doesn't matter color, it doesn't matter gender, it doesn't matter disability, and it doesn't matter anything, just be kind, open your heart... it's what we need in this world."

(Source: KAKE-TV )

For more information on autism and early intervention, you can check out the Autism Speaks website .

Connor and Christian's story is an inspiring reminder that we can all make a difference by being kind, no matter how small the act!

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