Davidson eighth-graders assist special needs classmates

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 06:54 PM.

It's OK to be friends

Because buddies are generally student leaders, including athletic standouts, cheerleaders, band members and student government representatives, Davidson doesn’t experience E.S.E. students being ridiculed by other students, Cassity said.

If a new student says something unkind to a special needs student, "they're immediately corrected," buddy Dylan Buck said.

"We tell them, 'OK, you need to chill out,'" Kiayana said. "'You need to correct yourself.'"

"If these kids (the buddies) say it's OK to be friends with our (E.S.E.) kids, that's why there's no ostracizing here," Cassity said. "We are an integral part of the school setting."

Buddies and their special needs student pals form long-lasting friendships, the buddies said.

"Every single day of my life I get a high-five from one of the kids," buddy Jordan Richardson said. "Even if I'm just in the store and one of them sees me, they come up and talk to me."

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