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IN People ON 21 Oct, 2015
Gavin Joseph, Asperger's sufferer, from New Baden, Illinois, was tricked into coming over to a crowd of people before being choked and punched in front of them and left bruised, concussed and with a fractured nose after the savage unprovoked attack.
After this brutal attack, anyone would lose hope and seek help from authority. But this brave man did something else to teach them a lesson. Gavin's mum was so proud of her son's reaction to the ordeal she decided to post his story on Facebook - and so far it was been shared by nearly 100,000 users.
The senior school graduate was set upon by a stranger who decided to meet out some rough justice after he overheard some other teens describing Gavin as "creepy" because he sometimes hangs out on his own.
Gavin has a mild concussion, a bruised esophagus, the tip of his nose fractured, and haematoma in his eye.
Gavin asked that the offending thugs to watch with their families, a 20-minute video message he taped so they could see the damage done and hear things from his perspective, and then write an essay on Asperger's Syndrome.
Gavin's mum was so proud of her son's reaction to the ordeal, she decided to post his story on Facebook - and so far it has been shared by nearly 100,000 users.
She wrote: "You can't see Asperger's since it's not a visible disability, it's a social/emotional one that makes relationships difficult to attain. It doesn't prohibit his movement, or ability to walk, but it makes everyday interactions with people very difficult. He can appear rude, impatient, "weird", detached, or uninterested, but this is not intentional."
We salute the bold decision taken by Gavin and hope he recovers from this condition soon.