BLANCHARD, Okla. - A child with autism, who came home from a school bus bullied and beaten two years ago, is now taking extraordinary steps in school.
It was November 2015 that then 5-year-old Jacob Parks went home with an injury on the back of his head and bruises on his face, all at the hands of a 6th grader on his school bus.
"We're talking about a 12-year-old versus a five-year-old," said Jacob's mother, Suzan Parks.
Parks said she couldn't get help from police or the school.
"The school was trying to pressure me into putting him onto the special needs bus instead of punishing the perpetrator and I wouldn't do it," she said.
So, she called News 4 to come help shed some light on the situation. Since then, she said the school has gone above and beyond to help Jacob thrive.
"His teacher's name is Mrs. Frazier, he has a special education teacher named Mrs. Lowe, and they are phenomenal," Parks said.
And it's not just Jacob's teachers. Blanchard Schools pair up high school students with those in the elementary school, and freshman Mason Laminack has taken Jacob under his wing.
"It's made a big impact on him," Laminack said.
He said he's watched Jacob's confidence swell.
"When I first met him, he really didn't talk to people very much," Mason said. "And then a couple weeks back, he's been really talkative."
The team even presented Jacob with a personalized t-shirt in front of the crowd at his first football game.
All of it, changing the trajectory of the boy's future.
"He has a story to tell," Suzan said. "And I want him to be able to tell it."