Tween Protests Anomie of Modern Urban Life

A 13 year-old Brooklyn boy with Asperger's syndrome got scared of being scolded about school so he spent eleven f'ing days riding the New York subway—alone and undetected—because this world is a cold and heartless place.

The New York Times has the whole...sad? Incredible? Tale of Francisco Hernandez, who—after being warned by his mom that she needed to have a serious talk with him about his performance at school—hopped on a subway train with ten dollars in his pocket and just rode the rails. For eleven f'ing days, before a transit cop recognized his face from a poster. Man.

No one spoke to him. Asked if he saw any larger meaning in that, he said, "Nobody really cares about the world and about people."

Good lord, it's too much. Say hello to a stranger on the subway today. (But not a crazy one.)
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