News broke this week about a bullying situation involving 13-year Levi Null from Iowa. Levi is on the autism spectrum, and his struggles with bullying escalated recently when classmates began to post videos of the attacks against him online.
Archives for November 2013
After graduating college in 1998, I decided to pull a disappearing act. My social deficits had not improved over time…I was alone, confused. I didn’t understand how to move forward in my life, so I withdrew. I established new routines that allowed me to both avoid people and more easily manage my sensory issues. For the next decade, I worked a graveyard shift, slept during the day, and had very little contact with the rest of the world.
When I was in 5th grade, the bully thing became a problem. There had been minor amounts of it in previous years. But- as the social world become more complex, and my awkwardness created more tension- the number of bullies increased.