One mum found herself in an awkward situation when she was at a play area with her child, she shouted harshly at another child for repeatedly knocking down anything her child created, before the child’s mum confronted her and revealed that her son was autistic. Now, the mum feels guilty for her actions in a situation that divides opinion.
Spending Quality Time With Her Daughter
This mum, Irene, was having fun with her 2-year-old daughter, building a wall with plastic blocks.
Mischief From an Older Boy
A slightly older boy tried to knock it down.
Irene kindly asked him to stop, but he ignored her and continued his disruptive behaviour.
Erupting With Anger
Even after politely asking him multiple times to stop and look for his parents, who were nowhere to be found, Irene’s frustration grew.
She couldn’t understand why the boy was acting this way and was unable to hold back her irritation, she raised her voice and firmly said, “STOP!”
Shocking Encounter With Angry Mum
Surprisingly, the boy walked away.
In a surprising twist, another woman, who we’ll call Gwen, approached Irene, furious and yelling at her.
It turns out the boy she scolded was her child with special needs.
He happened to be autistic.
Fair Frustration or Bad Parenting?
Gwen criticised Irene for raising her voice, pointing out her son’s difficulty with social interactions.
Irene couldn’t believe it and wondered why the other mum had left her son alone, as she would never do that with her own child.
Confused and Seeking Help
The confrontation escalated with hurtful words exchanged between them.
Seeking different perspectives, Irene reached out to her family and friends for their opinions.
A Family Standing Together
They firmly believed she was not in the wrong, emphasising that Gwen should have been more responsible for her son and not expect strangers to assume his condition.
A Shocking Lack of Boundaries?
Irene then witnessed something troubling as Gwen, still angry after their confrontation, returned to the wall with her son and encouraged him to continue doing whatever he wanted.
Should She Feel Guilty?
When the boy walked away again, she settled him in a corner to play with a balloon.
It was during this time that Irene noticed distinct behaviours that indicated the child’s autism, which she hadn’t recognised before.
A Painful Admission From Her Past
She shared a heartbreaking incident from a previous job where she had lost her position after gently guiding a low-functioning autistic boy to safety at a trampoline place.
Fired for Trying to Help
Despite her good intentions, the boy’s parents had complained, and she had been unfairly fired.
Playing With Her Emotions
It’s because of these past experiences that Irene now feels guilty for her actions, turning to Reddit to see if her feelings are justified or if her family are correct to stand by her.
She Shouldn’t Be Too Hard on Herself
Some Reddit users think she shouldn’t be too hard on herself, “Autism is not a free pass for bullying others or being generally destructive… and if your autistic child has those tendencies, then as their guardian, it is your job to ensure the safety of them and others who share their environment, NOT mine,” one user argued.
Other users were also questioning the parents in this situation, “This kid seems like he probably has pretty high support needs so his parent should be watching him more closely just for his own safety.”
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