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After bullies target teen with autism, dozens of strangers come to play ‘Pokemon Go’ with him



EMPE, Ariz. — A mother says she was heartbroken and humiliated when two bullies squirted barbecue sauce on her and her son with autism at a park. But when a group of kind strangers heard about the incident, they made sure he felt loved.

Mom Angie Swartout says she and her son, 15-year-old Ty, were playing “Pokemon Go” recently at an Arizona park when two college-age men walked by, stomped on a barbecue sauce container and covered them both in sauce.

She told KNXV that one of the bullies turned around and shouted a slur at them.

Ty’s sister posted about incident on the Arizona “Pokemon Go” Community page. Soon, hundreds of people responded, offering to play the game with Ty at a nearby park.

When they showed up, many people brought Pokemon toys for Ty.

His mother cried happy tears.

“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,” Swartout said.

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