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Pokémon Go players turn up in support of bullied autistic teenager

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When an autistic teenager was bullied in America for playing the game, Pokémon Go players gathered in a touching show of support.

A couple of weekends ago, 15-year-old Ty was playing Pokémon Go with his mother in Tempe Town Lake, Arizona, when two students began to squirt barbecue sauce at him and shout insults.

Ty’s sister Hope posted about the incident on the Arizona Pokémon Go Community Facebook page. She wrote: “My brother is the sweetest, goofiest, most caring person I have ever known. He LOVES Pokémon Go.”

She appealed to the Pokémon Go community: “If you see something like this happen, please don’t stand idly by.”

In response to Hope’s post, local Pokémon Go players organised a meet-up in support of Ty. Dozens of people gathered in Tempe Beach Park to play the game with him, bringing him gifts and raising awareness for autism.

Ty’s mother, Angie Swartout, was overwhelmed by the event.

“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,” she told ABC Arizona.

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