Heartwarming Photo Shows 8-Year-Old Kansas Boy Consoling Upset Classmate With Autism On First Day Of School

Connor Crites' mom said he becomes overwhelmed and struggles with his speech.

Connor Crites and Christian Moore
Photo Credit: Facebook

| August 27 2019,

5:27 pm

Many kids have returned back to school, and while some were eager to head back, others were overwhelmed.

Like most parents, Courtney Moore posted pictures of her son's first day back at school, and one of the pictures has us a little teary-eyed. 

"I'm so proud of my son," Moore wrote on Facebook. "[He saw] 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."

The two were heading to Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, when Moore saw the interaction between the two boys. 

"I saw [Christian] on the ground with Connor as Connor was crying in the corner and he was consoling him. He grabs his hand and walks him to the front door. We waited until the bell rang and he walked him inside of the school. The rest is history. They have an inseparable bond," Moore told KAKE.

Eight-year-old Christian Moore, whose mom describes as having a big heart, took the hand of one of his classmates who has autism. 

"He was kind to me. It was in the first day of school, and I started crying then he helped me, and I was happy," student Connor Crites told KAKE. "He found me and held my hand, and I got happy tears."

Connor's mother, April Crites, thanked Courtney on Facebook saying that her son can sometimes become overwhelmed.

“Tell your son I said thank you so very much!” Crites 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.

Crites said she hopes this is the beginning of a blossoming friendship between the two boys. 

The post has been shared over 24,000 times and continues to circulate. 




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