I was scanning my Facebook feed today; looking at updates from the family when I saw a comment about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lCMDYNMOV0 There were calls for justice for this young man named Coran. I knew from the title it would be disturbing, but I didn’t realize how hard it would hit me.
For those that aren’t aware, my older brother was physically and mentally handicapped. He was very child-like and trusting. Like this man, he wouldn’t have thought to run away, assuming that telling them to stop would make them stop. He suffered many a beating just like this, often from supposed friends who lured him to a secure location just so he could be ganged up on. After all, it’s fun to beat up a tard (derogatory term for a mentally challenged person; a retard). My younger brother and I took our share of punches ourselves trying to protect him.
Watching this video and the one of the teen tricked into the ALS challenge brought all those terrible memories right back. Tears just began streaming unapologetically down my face. In this man I saw my brother Richard. Hearing my brother’s cries echoed by this young man years later; laying on the ground begging his tormentors to stop, all brought my memories of him into my forethought. Richard was subject to bullying every day of his life. He was an invisible victim, even when he told teachers, etc what was happening there was nothing done. Richard was even blamed to a certain extent for the attacks because he did have limited mental capacity. You know, if he wasn’t retarded he wouldn’t let them beat him up. I remember him telling me places where one could hide along the route to and from school, just in case I needed a place to hide sometime too. It was a shame he had to learn that. He passed away at 22 and I miss him so much. He was a sweet kid who loved me; loved all of his family, loved the outdoors and even won medals in the Special Olympics for speed skating. Of course he wasn’t perfect, no kid is, but he never deserved the cruelty he was subjected to.
So today I’m hoping for justice for Coran; my wish is that he have a long wonderful life in which he is never subjected to this kind of behavior again.