Autistic teen attacked by 57-year-old stranger during race


A New York teenager was attacked by a stranger a few weeks ago during a cross-country race.

On Oct. 14, 15-year-old Chase T. Coleman, who is autistic and non-verbal, was attacked while running in the race by a 57-year-old man. The man allegedly got out of his car and shoved Chase to the ground before taking off again.

Witness Collin Thompson was running when she saw Chase in the middle of the road and watched as the man got out of his car and shoved Chase to the ground, telling him to "get out of here."

When interviewed by police, the attacker claimed that his car had recently been broken into and that he thought Chase was going to mug him and his wife, who was in the car with him at the time. Furthermore, he said that Chase was not responding to him when he told him to leave the road.

However, on Oct. 21, Judge Caroline Morrison of Rochester City Court denied the warrant application to press second-degree assault charges.

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Actor Dan Aykroyd revealed that he was diagnosed with Tourettes and Asperger’s syndrome after being diagnosed in the 1980s. 

“I also have Asperger’s but I can manage it. It wasn’t diagnosed until the early eighties when my wife persuaded me to see a doctor. One of my symptoms included my obsession with ghosts and law enforcement — I carry around a police badge with me, for example. I became obsessed by Hans Holzer, the greatest ghost hunter ever. That’s when the idea of my film Ghostbusters was born," he said

While filmmaker Tim Burton hasn't publically discussed it, his ex-wife Helena Bonham Carter has spoken about the artist possibly being on the spectrum. 

"We were watching a documentary about autism and he said that’s how he felt as a child," Bonham Carter said in an interview. "Autistic people have application and dedication. You can say something to Tim when he’s working and he doesn’t hear you. But that quality also makes him a fantastic father, he has an amazing sense of humor and imagination. He sees things other people don’t see.”

Jerry Seinfeld revealed to Brian Williams in 2014 that he believe's he's "on the spectrum." 

"I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum," Seinfeld said

"You know, never paying attention to the right things," says Seinfeld. "Basic social engagement is really a struggle," he explained. "I'm very literal. When people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying. But I don't see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset."

Singer Susan Boyle revealed in 2013 that she was diagnosed with Aspergers. 

"It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid," she said. "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself," " the singer said.

"It’s a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."

Actress Daryl Hannah has Asperger's, which she was diagnosed with when she was a child. 

"Going to the Academy Awards was so painful for me. I'd almost faint just walking down the red carpet. I was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that I eventually got blacklisted," she said in 2010

"American Idol" star and singer James Durbin has been very public about his Tourettes and Asperger’s syndrome.

“I had no one to look up to like this growing up,” he said to People in July 2016. “When I was a kid, I knew I was different. I liked things no one else liked, and I was always very angry about having this. I hated it and wished it would go away. But now I want to be living proof that different is awesome.”

The "Community" and "Adult Swim" creator Dan Harmon said he discovered he has a form of Asperger's while doing research for the character Abed. 

He said in 2011, "I started looking up these symptoms just to know what they are. And the more I looked them up, the more familiar they started to seem.” 

Comedian Hannah Gadsby was diagnosed with autism "a few years back," and since then, the Australian native has been open about her process coming to terms with the diagnosis. 

"Once I got diagnosed, there was a certain amount of grief and confusion. Because when you think, 'oh now I have this framework,' and it was crystal clear as soon as I got diagnosed," she explained

 "The understanding of things just started falling into place and I was like, 'yep.'"

After marrying in 2018, comedian Amy Schumer revealed during her second Netflix special that her husband Chris Fischer has Asperger's.

"My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger's. He has autism spectrum disorder. He's on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on," the star said during her show. "It dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him.”

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"They are treating him like a third class citizen. He has the double whammy, he's black and has a disability. So it's not important, that's what Rochester is telling me," said his mother.

"When he left Rochester, he did not feel safe and he lost that love and that joy. To hear him tell me 'no more practice,' that hurts."

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