PITTSBURG, KS.--- Pittsburg High School students are voicing a message they hope will bring awareness to a social issue within the community. Students are bringing awareness to autism through a play. Drama students took the stage this morning displaying a visual that we are all different, but should be accepted regardless of who we are.
"It's really easy for us to accept them, but it's really hard for us to understand what they are actually going through. And I think that's why this play really helps a lot," said Cole Hamblin, Actor.
13 cast members explored the beauty and wonder of autism through a high school play called "Snowflakes." This is to help bring awareness to the social issue.
"We can show it in a different way, to help them understand it better," said Ashley Hall, Actress.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 kids in the nation has autism. Cole Hamblin is one of the student actors.
"My character is Austin. He is severely autistic so he's completely non-verbal," said Hamblin.
Hamblin hopes his character will give a better understanding of autism.
"Like it doesn't always affect the brain. And they can be a fully functioning person on the inside with a voice and intelligence and emotions, and it's really cool to give them that voice," said Hamblin.
The message behind "Snowflakes" is to show the audience everyone is different, but we must accept people regardless of who they are.
"Maybe we can take this and make it, I don't know, a call to action to treat each other nicer to treat each other better, and to accept each other's differences however slight or however massive they might be," said Greg Shaw, Snowflakes Director.
The play was inspired by Bryce Commons, a student who has autism. He is a senior at Pittsburg High School who won homecoming king and is the purple dragon mascot during sport events. The students hope this play brought awareness to those with autism.