I’ve had a lot of heroic moments where I face a bully and give them a piece of my mind. Unfortunately, they’re all in my head. Watch this kid do a very brave, very rare thing: stand up for himself.
Jake is now a junior in high school, and unsurprisingly, he’s doing great. Here’s an update directly from him:
“Bullying has had a big impact on my life, but since the movie I’ve made a lot of friends. Recently, I have joined my high school football team! At first I thought they would all be complete jerks, but actually they are pretty cool guys and have helped me through a lot of situations — they stand up for me!
“For other kids with autism, if you’re getting bullied, try and tell them to stop and not give a reaction — if that doesn’t work, go to an adult. It might seem hard cause we can’t handle stress as well as other kids, but you will get through it and you’ll be awesome — actually you already are!
“Bullying does not make you cool — you might think you are on the top of the food chain — but you’re not going to be there forever.”