Robert and Student

Robert and Student
@Marcyaz (36138)
United States
October 12, 2015 3:03pm CST
A student was riding a bus home last week when a special needs man (Robert ) leaned over and shook the students hand. Robert continued to shake and then kissed and hugged the student during the ride. At first the student thought he was being pranked but Robert just needed comfort, sometimes you have to put another persons needs over your own. Robert's family contacted the student on Facebook and thanked him and let him know that their uncle has cerebral palsy, and is deaf. What would you have done in this case?
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@Rosekitty (19500)
• San Marcos, Texas
12 Oct 15
Knowing How Special needs people are, I would have continued doing what the student did and allow the SNP to hold my hand or hug and i would have spoken to the person back if they needed anything.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
12 Oct 15
Great to hear that is what you would do.
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@vandana7 (56606)
• India
12 Oct 15
First and foremost, I will not be able to understand how family can let people with special needs go alone. One of the family member needs to accompany them, all the time. What if the person was misunderstood, and beaten up? Out here, it can happen.
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@vandana7 (56606)
• India
12 Oct 15
Not sure if I would have done it if it were a man. You see, it gives a wrong impression in the society out here, and you never know what sort of acting the next man is going to do with you. A child yes, a grown up woman yes.
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@dpk262006 (52825)
• Delhi, India
15 Oct 15
Gender bias?
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@MALUSE (29903)
• Denmark
12 Oct 15
I don't think that one can answer such a question theoretically. People's reactions depend on circumstances.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
12 Oct 15
I don't know if I would have let Robert start to hug me like that.
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@GardenGerty (88697)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Oct 15
I was always the kid in grade school who wanted to associate with the people with special needs and the foreign exchange students. Part of my working years were spent working with special need pre school children and another part was spent working with the adult special needs people. I would hope I would have been sympathetic and comforting to Robert.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
12 Oct 15
Having worked in that environment I am sure you would have been sympathetic and comforting to robert.
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@dpk262006 (52825)
• Delhi, India
13 Oct 15
It is very touching incident to read. People with cerebral palsy and differently abled persons are needed to be treated with due compassion. We should be more considerate with them and try to understand their special needs.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
13 Oct 15
That is true but what if someone came up to you on a bus and starting shaking your hand and trying to kiss you, I think you might be a little scared.
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@vandana7 (56606)
• India
13 Oct 15
Trust you not to answer the question directly Deepu. lol. What would you have done..simple yes, or no. Would you let your kids be patient like that?
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@dpk262006 (52825)
• Delhi, India
15 Oct 15
@Marcyaz - Yes, if it happens all of a sudden, one could get perplexed and nervous, no doubt about it.
@Tita417 (1250)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct 15
This is an awesome gesture and a humane one. I would probably do the same but since I am a woman, It may be my reaction is to get away. Obviously, I would think that he was trying to make a pass at me.If it was a woman maybe I will do the same.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
13 Oct 15
I do think I would be suspicious if this had happend to me.
@celticeagle (112838)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Oct 15
Why was he kissing and hugging the student. I probably would have been a bit weirded out.
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@vandana7 (56606)
• India
13 Oct 15
May be repeating some action back home. He may be treated like a kid. That is ok.
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
12 Oct 15
That was nice of him not to push away or attack the stranger!
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
12 Oct 15
It was very nice since he recognized that robert was a Special Needs person.
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@besweet (7342)
• Greece
12 Oct 15
This guy handled it nicely, I am glad to hear that his family appreciated his kindness. I don't know how I would react. In the past, I had a few incidents with creepy guys in public transport so I think I would keep my distance. If any man was leaning towards me to hug me in the bus, I would feel scared and probably move away, but I would react in a different way if it was a woman who needed comfort.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
12 Oct 15
I think that is about how I would be also.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
12 Oct 15
I would have been alright I guess, though I am not really able to be that close to people due to my conditions. I would have tried my best though to be understanding of his condition.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
12 Oct 15
I think I would have been a little afraid not knowing what he was going to do.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
13 Oct 15
@Marcyaz Yes, I would have been cautious for sure..but also try to help him.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
13 Oct 15
@TiarasOceanView Sometimes it is hard to tell that a person is Special Needs if it is not obvious to the eye.
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@Butchcass4 (5464)
• United States
13 Oct 15
I would have done the same as the student. People like that are very special to God and how we treat them is very important.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
14 Oct 15
If we realize they are a Special Needs person.
• United States
14 Oct 15
@Marcyaz Yes especially when they are a Special Needs person. God forbid those who are mean and ugly to them, they will answer to God Himself and they will be judged for it if they don't repent.
• United States
2 Nov 15
I heard this story and I think the student was wonderful to do this and yes, I would have done the same thing.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
2 Nov 15
I think for a young man he did a very good thing.
@Beatburn (3979)
• Philippines
14 Oct 15
That student was kind enough to let Robert get the needed comfort. However, the family members of Robert are the ones supposed to care for him.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
14 Oct 15
We do not know that as he is the uncle so who knows as he is a grown man.
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@softbabe44 (5963)
• Vancouver, Washington
13 Oct 15
making sure someone could help him getting him help what ever i thought would help make the situation better
@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
14 Oct 15
Yes as it does seem he needs some help.
@sallypup (19226)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Oct 15
I do wonder about the person being out on his own. The world is not always sweet and loving.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
13 Oct 15
We can't always be so afraid to go out in the world. No the world is not always sweet and loving that is true.
• Hyderabad, India
13 Oct 15
I would be little shocked at first but then would surely help him
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
13 Oct 15
I would be shocked also and then not sure what I would do.
@tessastv (269)
• Inverness, Scotland
25 Oct 15
So lovely to see this bright side of human kind.. I'm so glad the student got to handle it really kindly and gave Robert what he needed, comfort :)
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@jstory07 (55839)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Oct 15
i would have done the same thing. given him some love. sometimes you need some attention to make you feel better when you are special needs.
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@Asylum (46245)
• Manchester, England
12 Oct 15
It would really have depended on whether I had managed to realise the problem that this person had. Over the years I have encountered many people with similar issues and always have the time and patience to be as friendly as needed.
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@Susan2015 (17943)
• United States
12 Oct 15
I would have talked to him and comfort him. The student did a good thing.
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