Autistic Man Thrown Out Of College For Hugging Stranger By Mistake
[su_right_ad]The autistic Texas man was accused of sexual assault after he hugged and kissed a stranger by mistake.
20-year-old Brian Ferguson, who attended special-needs classes at Navarro College, was walking down a school hallway when he thought he spotted a woman he knew. The young man approached the woman and proceeded to hug her and kiss her on the head.
“He gave her a hug and kissed her on the top of her head,” Ferguson’s mother, Staci Martin, said. “He’s 6’5″, so when he gives hugs, he’ll give you a big hug and kiss you right here on the top of your scalp.”
The school called the incident an assault, and subsequently suspended Ferguson. “They labeled it ‘sexual assault’ because of the kissing,” Martin said. “They said a kiss is considered an assault.” The school said that Ferguson’s suspension would be indefinite, and that he was “no longer welcome back.”
“He cried the whole next day,” Martin said. “He got up for school, waited for the bus. I told him it wasn’t coming. He just wants to be a normal college student and function in society.”
Ferguson apologized for offending the girl, and told NBC-DFW that he badly wants to return to school. “I’m bored staying at home.”
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whatthe46 January 11th, 2015 at 9:55 pm
overreact much? i’m sure if they explained to him that he must make certain next time, it wouldn’t happen again. clearly his autism isn’t too severe, he’s going to school.
bpollen January 11th, 2015 at 10:15 pm
How much you wanna bet that actual rape victims get the same support from the school? Doesn’t seem like a good bet to me though.
Kim Serrahn January 11th, 2015 at 11:00 pm
The school and the person should know better. A special needs person doesn’t think like the rest of us. But I’m sure there are more schools out there that will take him.
whatthe46 January 11th, 2015 at 11:17 pm
much like a 2 or 3 yr old. not meaning any harm. when my son was 2 or 3, he watched jackie chan movies with us often and loved him. once we all went to an all you can eat chinese buffet and the waiter was at a distance, and my son became bright eyed and yelled “jackie chan.” of course we all laughed because he didn’t know any better. just like this guy who’s more like a kid. he didn’t mean any harm just got confused.
Apocalypse January 12th, 2015 at 3:00 am
Saddest thing I’v heard lately.
Mephistophiles January 12th, 2015 at 8:38 am
They should sue. This is bullshit.
Suzanne McFly January 12th, 2015 at 12:26 pm
I have worked with autistic kids and this is horrible. The rejection from the school could ireperably harm this innocent kid.
Bunya January 12th, 2015 at 2:14 pm
It’s Texas. I’m not surprised.
fahvel January 13th, 2015 at 1:07 pm
there are certain sexual hangups in the usa that beckon the 1600’s.