A Teen with Autism Was Bullied While Playing Pokémon Go. So Strangers Reached Out

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One of the more heartbreaking realities of autism is that the incredible individuals with it have a tendency to be bullied. But every once in a while, a bullying story turns around and has a happy ending when others reach out in kindness.

That’s exactly what happened in the case of 15-year-old Ty, who is on the autism spectrum.

The Tempe, Arizona teen and his mother were out playing Pokémon Go—the latest craze that has swept the nation—in July of 2016. While resting under a tree, a couple of college-aged boys deliberately stomped on a bottle of barbecue sauce, aiming the stream at them. They said, “Yes, we got the [r-word].”

Ty’s sister wrote about the incident in an Arizona Pokémon Go Facebook page. The way complete strangers responded? Absolutely incredible. Check out the video to see what they did! I really wish I could have been there to participate…

Pokémon Go is incredibly popular. But did you know it’s been helping people with autism in some unexpected ways? Learn more about that here!

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.