Public outrage has been incensed online, after an Autistic child was mocked and photographed after wetting himself in a Leicestershire park.
The mother of the nine-year-old, took to social media to call out the “disgusting” behaviour of the three boys who mocked her autistic son, after he had a “wet accident” in Queen’s Park, Loughborough on Sunday (January 1).
In a heartbreaking post, which was put out on Spotted: Loughborough, she describes witnessing the boys pointing, laughing and taking pictures of her son following the incident.
His crying and distress only prompted the trio to laugh and mock him more, she went on to reveal.
“My 9-year-old Autistic child had a wet accident and you thought it was funny to laugh, point and take pictures of him and this made him really upset and he started to cry. This only made you do it more. I went to say something you all ran off. This behaviour was disgusting,” reads the post in full.
Outraged residents have flocked to social media to slam the boy’s behaviour, with some even calling for them to be named and shamed.
“Oh my days how horrible and cruel is that. I hope your son is okay and not too traumatised bless him and yourself. Unfortunately there are some horrible kids who despite knowing about Autism awareness, still find it funny to laugh at someone’s distress,” said one Facebook user.
“Absolutely disgusts me. As a mother of two Autistic adults I literally don’t know when kids got so cruel. I’d like to think the three boys would feel a bit ashamed but knowing what some kids are like nothing surprises me,” added another.
“Share pics of them so hopefully the parents will see and give them the punishment they deserve.”
Autism is a developmental disorder, which means that people with the condition may act in a way which is different to other people.
Autistic people may get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events, have difficulties communicating, find it hard to understand how other people think or feel, and find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable.
Many parents of Autistic children came forward to offer their support, following the incident, which happened at around 11.30am on New Year’s Day.
Responding to the post, one said: “I’m so sorry this happened to you, please tell your little boy that he’s a very special little human and that the little boys from the park, they’re not nice children.”
“Some kids can be so cruel! There is so much love and support out there for our kids with additional needs. Don’t let the nasty ones get you down,” added another.