‘Never have five letters cut so deep’: Man takes heartbreaking photo at son’s school

ROCKAWAY, N.J. –€” The father of a New Jersey boy with autism says he’s “humbled and grateful” for messages of support after his Facebook post lamenting his son’s lack of friends went viral.

Bob Cornelius shared a picture of a school worksheet Monday on which his 11-year-old son put down “no one” when asked to list some of his friends.

Cornelius writes that he hopes by sharing the picture and his son’s story parents will let their children know that kids with special needs “notice when others exclude them” and “are very much in tune when they are treated differently from everyone else.”

The post has been shared more than 22,000 times as of Friday morning, and Cornelius writes that he’s been inundated with messages of support for his son.

Since the story went viral, Cornelius has received requests from people who want to send Christopher a card.

If you would like to send Christopher a friendly note, you can mail it to:

Christopher Cornelius
96 Valley View Drive
Rockaway NJ  07866

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  • fatherofautisticson

    Bob, tell your son to hang in there. i have a son who is in the autistic spectrum who went through the same thing. while this is terrible, it is the parents of those evil kids who ostracise your son more than you will know.. your son is experiencing bigotry and it will make him a stronger adult. my son is one of the nicest people i know and i am blessed to be chosen by God to have him

  • It happens to everyone

    Your son isn’t “unique” in this regards. This happens to not just kids with autism, it can easily happen to anyone.. I experienced it myself in school. It all comes down to people not teaching their children right in the home environment. The lack of teaching children to respect others has been an issue for decades now and is not getting any better. Too bad I didn’t have media-seeking parents when I was in school, maybe the issue could have been addressed decades ago then.