“The Good Doctor” shines a light on an important issue


Sotiria Bessinas

ABC’s “The Good Doctor” just aired its first episode on Monday September 25th. The plot keeps you pulled in close and wanting more; it’s fantastic!

This show breaks barriers that most people didn’t even think were there, and the main character will melt your heart.

Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young autistic surgeon with savant syndrome moves from his quiet country home to the busy San Jose, California. There, he joins the surgical team at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital but immediately is put down by the head surgeon because of his autism.

If you look up the definition of savant syndrome – what Shaun has – you will find the following: “a condition in which a person demonstrates one or more profound and prodigious capacities or abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal, yet often also has significant deficits in other areas of brain processing.” Shaun is gifted, he sees things before anyone else and sees them in a way no one else can.

This show is like any other doctor show in that it has a hospital and people are saving lives, but, unlike most medical TV series, “The Good Doctor” shows you that even though some autistic people face setbacks in life, others excel but aren’t treated like normal people because they do not read emotions as other people do.
This show is great because you see emotions that real people feel, frustration, heartbreak, and the need to have approval from someone else.

Dr. Shaun Murphy, played by Freddie Highmore, will amaze us all and give us all a new look on people with “disabilities.” Watch “The Good Doctor” on ABC on Mondays!

Below are the stories featured in this issue of The Roaring Gazette.

Do students and staff believe schools should start later? by Khyannia Banks

Lion Voices: Describe the most interesting teacher you’ve ever had by Frances Summers

Meet a Lion: Mr. Waagen by Bethany Hansel

“Five minute phone policy” helps students focus in class by Finnley Brakke

Should the U.S. redefine terrorism? by Marissa Goodall

Food industry giant must rethink its policy by Ashley Archila-Ventura

“The Good Doctor” shines a light on an important issue by Sotiria Bessinas

Taco Bell an under-rated gem by Chris Purkiss