I’ve had a lot of heroic moments where I face a bully and give them a piece of my mind. Unfortunately, they’re all in my head. Watch this kid do a very brave, very rare thing: stand up for himself.
Jake is now a junior in high school, and unsurprisingly, he’s doing great. Here’s an update directly from him:
"Bullying has had a big impact on my life, but since the movie I’ve made a lot of friends. Recently, I have joined my high school football team! At first I thought they would all be complete jerks, but actually they are pretty cool guys and have helped me through a lot of situations — they stand up for me!
"For other kids with autism, if you're getting bullied, try and tell them to stop and not give a reaction — if that doesn’t work, go to an adult. It might seem hard cause we can’t handle stress as well as other kids, but you will get through it and you’ll be awesome — actually you already are!
"Bullying does not make you cool — you might think you are on the top of the food chain — but you’re not going to be there forever."
Male: Okay. Listen up. Okay. Everybody get your team and line up over there against the wall. It doesn't matter which order. If you're right here you have the whole area. Get in there. Let's go. Get in there. Let's go, let's go, let's go. Brian, why do you keep falling down? Stand up. Let's go, let's go.
Jake: I just think that... really, I don't think you guys see me for me. I just think you guys see me as like a big target because, like, you guys are always, like, leave me out of stuff, like, never paying attention to me or anything I say. And so I just want you guys to, like, see me for me and just, like, of course, like, really try to be my friend because I want to try to be your friend but you don't try to be mine. And that really makes me kind of feel... that really makes me feel kind of bad that you guys don't really want to know me. I see you guys laughing over there. And, really... and so I just really wanted to come up here and tell you guys that that's how I feel.