Kansas boy holds hands with crying autistic classmate during first day of school

Two boys wearing school uniform holding hands.
The picture. Photo credit: Facebook/Courtney Moore

A Kansas boy's move to hold his autistic classmate's hand during a stressful first day of school has warmed hearts worldwide.

Christian Moore grabbed Connor Crites' hand during the walk into school for their first day of the new year last week, local ABC affiliate Kake reports.

"Connor was crying in the corner and he was consoling him. He grabs his hand and walks him to the front door. We waited until the bell rang and he walked him inside of the school," Christian's mother Courtney Moore said.

It was a great moment for Connor's mother April Crites who said she was concerned her son would face bullying for being different.

"I fear every day that someone is going to laugh at him because he doesn't speak correctly, or laugh at him because he doesn't sit still or because he jumps up and down and flaps his hands," she said.

Moore posted photos of the moment on Facebook and quickly received a huge response, with hundreds of shares and international media coverage.

Crites said the move shows people can connect with each other regardless of gender, race or disability.

But for the boys, it wasn't that big a deal and was simply matter of being nice.

"He was kind to me. It was the first day of school and I started crying, then he helped me and I was happy," Connor said.


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