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Missing Boy With Asperger's Spent 11 Days Living in Subway 14

Posted by samzenpus
from the counting-the-seats dept.
A missing 13-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome has been found after living in the subway for 11 days. The boy's mother says police were slow to search for the missing child because she's a Mexican immigrant. Police say they did all they could. The boy was found in a Coney Island subway station. He says he rode a few trains, but mostly slept and lived on snacks and water for the 950,400 seconds he was missing.

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Missing Boy With Asperger's Spent 11 Days Living in Subway

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  • ... but does imply that the family in question are illegal immigrants.
    Which would raise interesting and significant issues other than the simple incompetence of subway staff who didn't spot a child sleeping rough and report it.

    • unless you're saying that the mere fact that the mom and her son are from Mexico somehow implies they're undocumented, i really don't see how you could even come close to the conclusion they're not here legally.

      if anything, the mother's hounding of the police for not finding her son sooner could be seen as evidence that she and her son are in the US legally, as it's usually the undocumented folks who are reluctant to even speak with law enforcement.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by RockDoctor (15477)

        unless you're saying that the mere fact that the mom and her son are from Mexico somehow implies they're undocumented, i really don't see how you could even come close to the conclusion they're not here legally.

        Well, why was their nationality even mentioned, if it wasn't relevant? Someone thought that it was relevant enough to mention it in the article, and since the largest two issues that I hear Americans complaining about in a "Mexican" context are illegal immigrants and low-level drug dealers (the high

    • These days even mentioning a child is likely to get you arrested as a peadiofiddlerast.

      You noticed a lost child, did you? I suppose you go looking for them, do you? Just admit it and we'll only put you on the [publicly available] sex offenders register for a few years [extent of your natural life]. And you'll have to attend an offender realignment program at a cost - to you - of 20 grand [it's run by the DA's brother].

      That's how it goes.

  • As amusing as this story must be to the greater nerd community, it's categorization is questionable. I speak from experience in saying that challenges faced by those with Asperger's are hardly a laughing matter- or an idle concern. Despite the humor inherent in mental disorder, laughing at the struggles of a boy painfully isolated from the world is cruel.
  • Its clearly a government conspiracy. From the number of seconds quoted, the boy just happened to be found at EXACTLY the same time of day as when he was originally lost. Too coincidental by far.

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