Dad shares heartbreaking answer son with autism gave to question about friends

Picture of Bob Cornelius' Facebook post

(WFLA) – A New Jersey dad shared a heartbreaking school project his 11-year-old son Christopher filled out.

The post started off typically enough. Christopher explained he’s 11 years old and in 6th grade. He shares the names of his family members.

But then, the next line is, “some of my friends are.”

Christopher’s answer will break your heart.

“No one,” he wrote.

“I took the picture hurriedly, and didn’t notice all the answers he had filled out at that time. It was only after I got home that something stood out upon closer review,” his dad, Bob Cornelius, wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.

Cornelius’ post deserves a read. He writes, in part:

“Christopher’s brothers have had many, many sleepovers over the years, obviously in front of him, and it has not gone unnoticed.

“Can I have sleepover?” Christopher has asked.

“Sure, buddy….with whom?” As a response, he would flap his arms and stim instead of answering. He didn’t have an answer because he didn’t have a name.

Because he didn’t have a friend.

He’s never had a friend.


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