The inclusive environment at the school allows him to be seen not as someone who is 'different' but as just another friend by his peers.
Children with disabilities often have several needs that able-bodied children cannot understand. They need round-the-clock care and a supportive and encouraging environment to flourish into independent adults. However, at times, in schools or educational institutions, they are often bullied and have a lot of trouble making friends. So, moments when they do actually form bonds with their peers, irrespective of their disabilities, are heartwarming and emotional for everyone. A mother experienced the same when she went to pick up her son from school and what she saw made her extremely emotional. She posted it on TikTok, where she documents her son's journey.
When she entered the school, she saw that her son was surrounded by all his friends, who were talking to him. She writes in the text overlay, "So, my heart just melted at my son's pickup." The video shows her son hugging one of his friends and she explains that the school follows an "inclusive model." She specified that his peers don't see him as "different" and "to them he's just their Jack Buddy."
The video shows all the little boys posing for a picture beside Jack with a smile on their faces. The beautiful video touched the hearts of many and @charliemorningsta4 commented, "This just proves that hate isn't there when we're born, it's taught by parents and those around us growing up. He's such an adorable kid."
Another person, @sashasavage00, said, "Thank you Jesus, this is the best thing I have seen today." @leebaker56 said, "How we all should be what a beautiful world this will be, we can learn so much from the younger generations."
A parent, @chrismiller728, shared, "Oh my heart!! My daughter is an SBS and has CP. She's currently in Kindergarten and she is so loved among the teachers and the students!!!!" This heartwarming interaction between Jack and his friends portrays how disability doesn't mean that an individual will not have friends or a loving environment. With the support and love of peers and their families, they can achieve so much.
In another similar story, Kiley Crisp, a 15-year-old with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes learning disabilities, has always struggled to make friends her own age. Despite this, she was able to form wonderful relationships with two friends she met at a Church camp. Although they lived far away, they maintained a strong connection by calling her daily and checking up on her, which made Kiley feel extremely loved. On her birthday, Kiley was deeply touched when her friends drove three hours to surprise her. In a video that Kiley's sister Ashley shared on Twitter, Kiley is seen overwhelmed with emotion at the kindness of her friends.
The video captures the joyful moment of the 15-year-old, who is happily dancing around in a cafe. Suddenly, she glances to her side and realizes that her friends are approaching her. Overwhelmed with surprise and disbelief, she stares at them with her mouth wide open. Her eyes fill with tears as she is amazed by the kindness of her friends, who went out of their way to surprise her on her special day.