Last year, the landlord and owner of the mobile home park where my parents live approached The Man and told him that we needed to “keep (our) retarded kid inside.” He used the r-word several times in reference to The Boy, even after The Man asked him not to use the word. He then went on to make wild accusations about The Man, and at the time, I was very proud of my husband for not hauling off and beating the pathetic excuse for a man, because I’m not sure I wouldn’t have gone ape$#!! on him.
Fast forward a year, almost to the day, and this pathetic excuse for a man writes a letter, knocks on my parents’ door and hands it to my mother, saying, “Read this.” He then took a few steps off the porch and said, “I’m sorry but that’s just how I feel,” and walked away.
The letter explained that he had several complaints about The Boy playing in the park roadway, jumping out in front of cars, and lying down on the roadway, as well as using his scooter in the roadway. He requested that The Boy be supervised at all times while outside.
Let me start by saying that the “speed limit” in the park is 5 miles per hour, with a sign saying “Slow, Children Playing” above every speed limit sign posted in the park, and that new signs were erected within the last two months. Let me also add that there is no sidewalk in the park, nor is there a “recreation area.” In addition, other residents and guests of all ages ride their bikes and walk their dogs in the roadway.
My son is thirteen years old, and knows to get out of the way of an oncoming car, even if it is only going 5 miles per hour. He does not jump out in front of cars, nor does he lie down in the road. But my son is “different” than all the other residents and guests. And that is the basis for this discrimination and harassment. That is the basis for how this pathetic excuse for a man “feels,” and not any fabricated “complaints.” You kind of give away your “tell” when you call a kid “retarded.”
I have spoken with an attorney, drafted and sent a letter, and copied it to the sheriff’s department as well as the state Attorney General. This pathetic excuse for a man has not only violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, but also a state act that was passed to protect the rights of those with disabilities. We also plan to make an appointment with the sheriff’s department to take The Boy there and meet with some deputies, alert them to the situation, and educate them a bit about The Boy and his autism, just in case.
There really are people out there like this pathetic excuse for a man, folks. They exist and they think they have the right to say and do what they’d like, as well as dictate what those who are different can and can’t do. They are so wrong, and this good ol’ boy, pathetic excuse for a man is gonna learn how wrong he is.