A mother is dealing with some not-too-happy neighbors who left a letter on her doorstep in Philadelphia.
“To the parent of the small child at this house,” it reads.
“Like normal people I open my windows for fresh air. NOT to hear some BRAT screaming his head off as he flaps his hands like a bird,” the unnamed person wrote. “Give him old fashioned discipline a few times and he will behave,” the letter adds.
The mother of the child, Bonnie Moran, said the letter was in reference to her child, Ryan, who has autism.
The neighbor also asked if the child is “retarded” and claimed his behavior is “scaring my normal children.”
“I was mad, angry, beyond angry,” Moran told WPVI-TV. “He doesn’t comprehend like you or me, he gets overwhelmed very easily,” she said, adding that Ryan also has ADHD.
“Whatever they said in the letter, I don’t see that at all,” her neighbor, Danielle McMahan, told WPVI. “I see him as being a regular kid.” Added neighbor Tracy Berry: “I can’t imagine it being anyone on this block, to be honest—maybe someone she shares the driveway with, but this core group, not at all, nobody would do that.”
The letter reads in full:
To the parent of the small child at this house
The weather is getting nicer and like normal people I open my windows for fresh air. NOT to hear some BRAT screaming his head off as he flaps his hands like a bird. I don’t care if it’s the way you raised him or if he is retarded. But the screaming and the carrying on needs to stop. No one wants to hear him acting like a wild animal. It’s utterly nerve wracking, not to mention it’s scaring my normal children. By you just standing there talking to him don’t do anything. Besides you look like a moron as he walks all over you. Give him some old fashioned discipline a few times and he will behave. If that child needs fresh air…take him to the park not in out back or out front where other people are coming home from work, have a day off, or just relaxing. No one needs to hear that high pitched voice for hours. Do something about that child!
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