Footage of a young boy with Down’s Syndrome has gone viral, as he comforts his friend with autism.
These days most of the videos that go viral aren’t very nice. They’re either of pranks, Donald Trump saying something bad/weird/both, people get hurt or a few months back, eating things in a supermarket and then putting them back.
Interestingly, as I typed “supermarket,” my mind was elsewhere and I wrote “spidermarket.” Terrifying. You’d never catch me shopping in of those.
Anyway, with all of the horrible videos that usually go viral, it’s nice to see one that’s genuinely heartwarming, something that as the old adage goes, “restores one’s faith in humanity.”
Filmed in Mexico by a teacher, the video shows a boy with Down’s Syndrome comforting a distressed classmate, who has autism, hugging him, stroking his hair and even wiping away his tears.
It was shared on Facebook and has since been watched nearly 20,000,000 times, at the time of writing…
You sort of have to wonder why the teacher was filming this at all – perhaps to teach us all a lesson in empathy and compassion – but there comes a point where your students are doing your job whilst you film it to go viral.
Like I say though, it is dangerously heartwarming, and so lovely to see that young man helping out a friend in need.
The responses to the video are equally lovely, with commending the boy, as well as sharing their general love for people they know with Down’s Syndrome.
As stated by multiple Down’s Syndrome charities and generally people in the know, the condition is by no means a disease, and merely a bi-product of someone being born with one extra chromosome, resulting in some forms of learning difficulties.
As the Down’s Syndrome Association have it:
“Down’s syndrome is not a disease and therefore people with Down’s syndrome do not suffer nor are they victims of their condition. Down’s syndrome is only a part of the person, they should not be referred to as ‘a Down’s’.
“People with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals and should be acknowledged as a person first and foremost. It is important to think of the person first, e.g. ‘John is 29 and he has Down’s syndrome’.“
The likes of Down’s Syndrome and autism are among many of the conditions that people can have that are often looked upon negatively by general public; it’s videos like this and the good work or various charities that shed light on said conditions, showing them to be just that, rather than diseases.
Images via Facebook.