Chesterfield Twp. boy with special needs stands for first time during national anthem

Mother criticized for posting video of son on social media

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Standing is something many people might take for granted.

Standing has been a hot debate during the National Anthem across the country after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat and kneeled during the anthem to protest treatment of African-Americans in the United States.

But when a local mother saw her son, who's suffering from cerebral palsy, stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner," she took out her camera and shared her excitement on social media.

Logan Wilson is non-verbal, but it's clear he understands everything going on around him. His mother says it's not uncommon for her son to take his hat off during the national anthem, but when he stood while watching last Sunday's Lions game, it nearly brought her to tears.

There are a few things Logan loves, including hugs and kisses from his little sister, Dillon, and the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers.

Logan was born three and a half months early and spent the first six months of his life in the NICU after being born with cerebral palsy.

Throughout his life, he's been non-verbal and hasn't been able to stand on his own.

"People don't understand what it took and what it takes for him to do everything he does," Logan's mother, Rebecca Wilson, said. "The amount of strength and determination that it takes. So it was almost like his first steps."

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When Wilson saw what Logan did as he watched the Lions game last week, her first instinct was to grab her phone and record what was happening.

She posted the video on social media and, in no time, the post went viral with comments from people offering gratitude to those who accuse the Chesterfield Township mother of exploiting her son and not putting the phone down to help him stand.

"When your baby has his first steps, you don't always help them walk," Wilson said. "They have to meet those milestones on their own. They have the right to say what they want to say and I have the right to say what I want to say without getting into it wholeheartedly. It just took a lot of heart for Logan to do what he did at that time, because he could have stood at any point during the game, but instead he tried to stand while the national anthem was on. So it meant a lot to us."

Wilson said the gratitude and support she received throughout the week outweigh the negative comments.

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