Photo: Student Comforts Man With Special Needs on Crowded Bus

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 16, 2015 Updated: October 16, 2015

Godfrey Coutto is being lauded for his random act of kindness after he held the hand of a man with special needs in the middle of a crowded bus to comfort him.

The 21-year-old student was photographed holding the hand of the man before it was published on the Facebook page “Only In Hamilton.” It was shared more than 67,000 times as of Friday.

 

I didn’t know if u can post this but I would liking to say thank you to the guy who was seating beside a special needs…

Posted by Only In Hamilton on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

“I would liking to say thank you to the guy who was seating beside a special needs gentleman,” the page said in the caption. “He allowed him to hold his hand and find comfort well in a packed bus.”

Coutto told ABC News he originally believed the man was asking for a handshake but after taking his hand, he “held it tight” and “didn’t want to let it go.”

“I had to be selfless in that situation,” added Coutto. “He seemed like a happy guy, so I didn’t want to let him down.”

Coutto said the man said his name was Robert. Coutto added that the two nieces and a sister-in-law of Robert messaged Coutto via Facebook after seeing the photo.

They said Robert suffers uffers from cerebral palsy and is deaf.

“He had more problems than what I perceived at first,” said Coutto.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.