Anonymous Note Threatens Teen With Autism
A Brisbane Mum has received a noise complaint from her neighbour expressing her annoyance over her son's 'strange moaning and shouting' as a result of his autism.
Magenta Quinn posted the letter to Facebook with the following comment (which included her reply).
"I've set this to public, to help raise awareness about mental illness and disabilities.
"This morning I collected this letter from my mailbox and shared it in my local community page with the following text. I shared it to state "this is not ok" and make a stand about bullying. I received an outpouring of love and compassion and am grateful for people who care.❣️"
Dear neighbour who left me this note,
While I appreciate the odd noises of a mentally ill person can be disturbing, I can guarantee that you have no clue when compared to living with it 24/7 for 17 years.
Having 3 police turn up at my doorstep at 10:30 at night when I'm new to the area may have made you feel you are avoiding confrontation, but for me it was alarming to say the least.
Talking with council won't help, he's not a dog, it's a person. If you'd like to take him on a holiday so I can get some rest that would be awesome. Otherwise, please feel free to come and chat with me, there's a lot you do not understand.
Have a great day!
Speaking to Bianca, Terry and Bob on Brisbane's 973FM, Magenta said:
"I live in a house and I specifically chose a house with a specifically large block of land," she told the co-hosts. "I know that my son's noises can be a little much for people at times, so I tried to do things that I could to mitigate that when I chose this house."
Unfortunately, it is not the first time that someone has complained about her son.
"It is however the first time I've had a follow up anonymous letter where police have come to my house."
Being a teenager, her son likes his sleep and the family generally are in bed by 10pm and he normally sleeps in until nine AM.
"This letter turned up because one morning this week he was up before six. Once. It doesn't happen often," she said.
Being anonymous, Magenta had no way of contacting the person, so she put a post up on her community Facebook page. The story garnered 400 responses from other people having the same issue with their neighbours.
Magenta decided to let her story go public to raise awareness, especially because it is happening to so many others.
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