- Posted October 21, 2013 by
Haddon Heights, New Jersey
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In second grade I was hit by a car while walking to school. While I was in the hospital my teacher visited me and brought along an audio tape of all the children saying how much they were thinking of me. The accident left me with damage to my eye with one drooping.
The following year we moved with no one knowing what had happened to me. The kids tormented me because I looked different. It was probably the worst year of my life. I didn't tell my parents because I was embarrassed. I began to think that there was something wrong with me.
That year they were doing ability group and I was in a class that was regular ed but the kids who needed more help. The following year they moved me up and I made friends in that class. My guess is that a lot of the other kids were taking out their frustrations with school on me.
Now I am the mother of two small children, one with autism. I know that my son will face people who will not appreciate his differences and this breaks my heart. I hope to give him the confidence to appreciate God made him to be. He is perfect just as he is. Since he is on the higher functioning end of the spectrum he will most likely understand being excluded. My hope is that teachers and parents are instilling in children a deep sense of acceptance.