Gavin is a bad-ass.
Gavin Joseph, a recent high-school graduate in New Baden, Illinois, never hung out with the other kids in school due to symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome. This developmental disorder makes socialization all but impossible because it hinders the development of basic interpersonal skills. People with Asperger’s have difficulty maintaining conversations, understanding facial gestures, and making eye contact. In the hyper-social world of high school, it was nearly impossible for Joseph to build friendships or effectively communicate with other students.
Last June, a gang of kids lured Joseph over to their group saying they wanted him to meet a friend. But the group really wanted to “teach him a lesson” for being “creepy” and “weird.” The gang turned violent and brutally beat Joseph, resulting in a bruised esophagus, black eye, concussion, and fractured nose.
After the savage, heartless beating Joseph wasn’t interested in getting revenge by pressing charges on his assailants. Instead, he wanted the court to take the opportunity to teach his assailants and their families about his disorder. So Gavin created a 20-minute video where he discussed his condition. According to his mother the video was also created, “so they could see the damage they did and hear the event from his perspective.”
Joseph’s mother was so proud of her son that she posted about it on her Facebook page where it has gone viral.
[new_image position="standard large" href="Facebook" id="547774"]
(H / T The Daily Mail)