A lesson in friendship from Stillwater

No surprise here: Monday’s daily dose of sweetness comes from KARE 11’s Boyd Huppert, whose latest story profiles the friendship between a couple of kids at Stillwater High School.

Trey Kruse and Adam Potter became friends in elementary school after Adam’s family moved to Minnesota from Nevada, where, his parents say, he never had a friend. He has autism.

“It’s not easy to form a relationship with a kid with autism,” Lisa Potter says. Yet, from the start, Trey instinctively seemed to know how to bridge the gap with Adam.

The boys’ sixth grade teacher, Andrew Jurek, saw it time and time again. “Adam would sometimes have meltdowns in the middle of school – sometimes he would have a hard day – and when we heard that, we would find Trey, we’d page Trey Kruse.

“Trey would grab the back of his neck and they would just go cheek to cheek and they would just touch each other, and just doing that would just calm Adam down,” the teacher said. “Trey can just – however he knows – he can just feel and sense what Adam needs and then Adam will respond.”

Land of 10,000 Stories: 2nd grade friendship binds HS honor student, teen with autism

In this week's Land of 10,000 Stories, Boyd Huppert tells us about two Stillwater boys with one extraordinary friendship. https://kare11.tv/2DgIUu2

Posted by KARE 11 on Sunday, November 4, 2018

  • Guest

    Classy guy. Empathy like that will serve him well throughout life.

  • jayemm

    I love that when pushed, all that Trey would say was that the he gets a friend out of his relationship with Adam. So often, we don’t see neurodiverse or disabled people presented simply as people to befriend, but as pity projects. This gave me all the warm fuzzies.

  • Jeff C.

    I’m sad thinking about what will happen to Adam when Trey goes to college.

  • AmyO

    We are lucky to have Boyd Hubert. His storytelling is a gift.