‘It makes me feel like I’m not alone,’ Monticello teen with autism gets a boost of confidence from football players at his school

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MONTICELLO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — A Monticello High School teen with moderate autism has newfound confidence all thanks to a group of football players that stepped in to support him this week.

They’re being called modern day superheroes for their acts of kindness to 16-year-old Aiden Hall.

“It makes me feel me. It makes me feel like I’m not alone a lot,” Aiden said.

Aiden has a red Superman cape that he loves to wear. He wears the cape at home and in the community.

Last Thursday, he built up the courage to wear it to school but not everyone was impressed by his gear.

“My husband drops him off in the morning. He got out and he had it on and he seen somebody saw it and kind of pointed at it and laughed a little bit under their breath and he noticed,” Aiden’s mother, Michallee Hall said. “He took his cape off and put it back in the car.”

Aiden’s father, Phillip Hall, took his concern about the incident to Facebook. Monticello student athlete and senior, Riley Williams, heard about the post and decided to round up a group of other teammates to take action.

“I just think it’s unfair that students can come to school and be confident then be shut down by people who shouldn’t do that to them,” Williams said.

Instead of Aiden’s dad dropping him off at school, Williams decided to pick him up from his home and ride to school together.

When they arrived, KJ Wells, Kanyon Burdan, Jordan Light and Nick Smith met them. Each of them wearing their own capes.

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