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Thousands step up to be boy’s friend after heartbreaking answer on school project

ROCKAWAY, New Jersey– Thousands of people have stepped up to be a boy’s friend after his heartbreaking answer on a school project.

Last month, Bob Cornelius shared a picture of a school worksheet on which his 11-year-old son with autism, Christopher, put down “no one” when asked to list some of his friends.

Cornelius shared the story on his Facebook page and the post went viral. He wrote: “Never have five letters cut so deep.” He hoped that by sharing the picture of the school assignment and his son’s story, parents would let their children know that kids with special needs “notice when others exclude them” and “are very much in tune when they are treated differently from everyone else.”

Weeks later, Cornelius gave an update: His son has received between 4,000 to 5,000 letters from people wanting to be his friend; many of the letters are from children.

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