One of the best things coming out of the popularity of Pokémon GO is how people are coming together socially. People from completely different walks of life are bonding over a common activity and community is being created.
The Arizona Pokémon GO Community Facebook group is one such community. They recently came out in support of 15-year-old Ty Swartout, who is autistic, after they heard about both Ty and his mom being bullied by a couple college kids while they were in a local park playing the game. Apparently, the two “men” sprayed them with barbecue sauce, and the mother overheard one of them say “Yeah, we got the r—”.
Yes, we know you’re probably overwhelmed with the ugliness of the world, but hang on! There’s a bright side to this story. On July 31st, dozens of members from the Facebook group turned out to support Ty—some even bearing gifts. Ty’s mom was overwhelmed:
“I’m so grateful. I’m just so grateful because if this wouldn’t have happened, we would still be hiding in our house like a lot of families like ours do. And I just can’t thank everyone enough.”
Check out the news report (make sure to grab a tissue) below.