African-American Teen Athlete With Autism Assaulted

15-year-old athlete with autism running a 5K was assaulted by a man who apparently thought the teen was going to rob his wife, the Washington Post reports.

Chase Coleman loved being part of his cross-country team, and his mother, Clarice, said that she fully supported his passion. She is thankful that the nearly nonverbal, autistic teen had found “his sport,” according to the report.

Clarice Coleman was at every meet her son attended, often scouting race courses ahead of time and marking where the teen might get lost or confused, which he often did.

However, a few weeks ago, the mother’s worst fears came true when Chase was assaulted in the middle of a race in Rochester, N.Y., while running with his team from Corcoran High School.