Ablism Isn't The Answer

One of The poignant Reddit posts regarding the demonization of mental illness

Dylan Hockley, six, was one of 20 children and six teaching staff who lost their lives when a gunman opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut a little over a month ago.

His parents Ian and Nicole Hockley, who moved to the U.S. from Hampshire, England two years ago, opened up about the joy that Dylan, who had autism, had brought to their lives.

One of the ways that the Hockley family is coping is by fundraising in Dylan's name for programs that support children with autism and special needs. 

Although the family have shielded themselves from much of what happened on December 14 at Sandy Hook, they have been brought comfort by the bravery of one of Dylan's teachers. 

Special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy, 52, died trying to shield her students from bullets and was found still cradling Dylan, whom she had tried to protect.

'We take great comfort in knowing that Dylan was not alone when he died, but was wrapped in the arms of his amazing aide, Anne Marie Murphy,' they said.

'Dylan loved Mrs. Murphy so much and pointed at her picture on our refrigerator every day.'

The Hockleys joined other families and neighbors of children killed at Sandy Hook on Monday to launch an initiative to help curb gun violence in America.

One month after the shootings, the group, called Sandy Hook Promise, vowed at a press conference to transform public outrage into action to 'make our communities and our nation a safer, better place'.

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