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Angels In Our Midst (WHS Chorus)

For many children with autism, communicating is difficult and some children don't speak at all. At a mother's plea, one teacher and her class struck a special chord with an autistic student. They helped him find his voice among the Angels In Our Midst. Ann Richard; That's how we learned that he had a voice. He wouldn't even speak early on but he would learn songs and belt them out in perfect pitch. Ann Richard figured her son king could enhance his gift if he had music at school every day. But, would a class accept him. Jamie Broxson, Washington High Chorus Teacher; I was a little apprehensive, I have to be honest. I thought, you know, the only group that I have young men sing in is my advanced choir and they are auditions only. "Singing" King made the cut with Mrs. Broxson. But, how would his classmates handle this? A new chorus member who struggles to communicate and is prone to sudden unexplained movements and gestures. Nethaneel; We found out King has autism. And starting out at the beginning of the year, I really didn't know that much about it. The special education teacher came and gave them information. Some of them did their own research. And there was a mother's words. Mom; And I told them, you know, in many ways, he's just like you all. He's just trying to find his own way too. But, just being around King provided the greatest understanding. "Singing" Jamie; They've taken responsibility to help him. You know, if he sings out and he's not blending in with the group, they'll very quietly, you know, kind of, "Sing a little softer." Trey Kusterer, Helping King; If he does it, you know, just, like guide him back to what he's supposed to be doing instead of scratching his head or something. It's not really that big of a deal. Nethaneel and Trey just happen to be on either side of King so they take the lead in guiding him. And they've never complained. Nethaneel Williams, Guiding King; Everybody struggles with their own insecurities and being different. And it's something that you have to overcome and if you see somebody struggling, I guess you should help them. Jamie; I think it shows them that people who have any kind of difference, whether it's a physical, mental, emotional disability or anything else that makes them different, that they can still be viable and participate. It's been nine months since Jamie Broxson opened the door and the class welcomed him. It's been quite the year and everyone has learned a lot. Trey; He sings just fine so it's just like sitting next to any other person. Mom; His life mattered to them. And that's moving, that's touching to me. Nethaneel; She was like so happy. And I was just thinking, you know, I would be happy too if that was my child, to see them up there with autism doing something that great like in a group of people. A usually quiet King, found his voice, acceptance, and two new friends. King; I can tell you about Nethaneel and Trey. They're nice. They're nice people. Singing...Good night sweetheart, well, it's time to go...