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Mother outraged over anonymous letter complaining about her autistic son, labeling him as IT

It gets on everyone’s nerves and there is no need of it (sic). To allow your child to do that is selfish.

By Holly Royce
27-year-old Jessica Green has been left hurt, angry and humiliated after finding a 'revolting' anonymous letter complaining about her autistic, non-verbal little boy playing outside.
Jessica is a mother of two and a full-time career to her autistic son Henry. The family lives in the UK town of Berkeley in Gloucestershire and were shocked to discover the letter from a neighbour which describes Henry as, "it".
Jessica shared the letter she received on Facebook:
"Can the parent responsibly (sic) for the screechy, screaming child, who screams continually while it is playing outside be advised that the rest of the residents in Fishers Road are sick to death of hearing your child scream continuously.
"It gets on everyone’s nerves and there is no need of it (sic). To allow your child to do that is selfish.
"It has got to the point now that the screeches can be heard right up in gardens on Station Road houses too.
"Everyone is talking about it and beginning to wonder if the child is actually neglected, as no one in their right mind would allow their child to scream all the time without doing something about it.
"Unless you take action and address the child’s continually (sic) screaming, a group of us will be talking to tenant services at Stroud Council and making a noise complaint against you, as this is now a anti-social issue (sic). It’s up to you.
"People can no longer sit out in their garden to enjoy the weather because all we hear is your child shrieking from across the street.
"We put up with it last year, all through the summer and hoped your child would have grown out of screaming but it seems not as it still does it all day every day and louder and shriller than before.
"Please take this as it is intended and act before we have to report you to tenant services and social services."
The Daily Mail reports Green thought the letter was revolting.
"'It's appalling - they should have common courtesy to ask if the child's OK and I'm sure it is just the thoughts of one individual because other neighbours have come to my defence.
"I want to make people aware of autism - they were too quick to make a judgement."
Green continues to raise awareness for those living with or careering for people on the autism spectrum.
If you'd like more information about parenting a child with autism head to the Aspect website.