UPDATE 5:20pm EDT 2/4: News reports state
that the gunman has been killed and Ethan has been released safely.
As of this writing, Ethan, known only to us by his first name, is still being held in a 6' x 8' , underground bunker in Alabama
by a man identified as Jimmy Lee Sykes who allegedly shot and killed bus driver Charles Poland
last week. Poland has been called a hero
for trying to protect the children before being gunned down.
As parent of children on the spectrum ourselves, we can imagine in frightening detail how our own children would react to being trapped underground by a stranger, especially after the trauma of witnessing a shooting.
Please send good thoughts out - that Ethan will emerge physically unharmed, and soon. And that he and his family will find help and comfort in the coming days.