Man Insults 13-Year-Old Autistic Boy at the Zoo, Mom Writes This Letter

Ashley Wright went to the Riverview Park and Zoo in Ontario, Canada with her two children. Her son Logan is 13 and is autistic which Ashley explained on CBC Radio, "He is on the severe end of the spectrum. He has very limited verbal skills. All four areas of his brain are affected by his autism." Her daughter Brinlee is 11 and the three of them love to do activities together.

During their trip to the zoo, Logan couldn’t verbalize that he needed to use the restroom and he started making noises which brought some attention. One man who had been watching them yelled WHY DO PEOPLE BRING KIDS LIKE THIS OUT IN PUBLIC? THEY RUIN SOCIETY."

Ashley posted the letter below in hopes that it would help others better understand situations like this.

To the man at the Peterborough Zoo today who loudly yelled well glaring at us "Why do people bring kids like that out in...

Posted by Ashley Wright on Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ashley Wright's letter:

To the man at the Peterborough Zoo today who loudly yelled well glaring at us "Why do people bring kids like that out in public?" This letter is for you. Will you probably ever see it? No do i think you will actually care even if you did? Probably not. Maybe just maybe someone else will read this though and think twice about making someone feel the way you did today.

The picture attached to this letter. Thats myself and my two children. Brinlee is 11 and Logan is 13. Logan has severe autism, global developmental delay, echolatia, and im leaning towards tourettes as well. Hes big. 6 foot 1 and about 190lbs.

The picture attached to this letter. Thats myself and my two children. Brinlee is 11 and Logan is 13. Logan has severe autism, global developmental delay, echolatia, and im leaning towards tourettes as well. Hes big. 6 foot 1 and about 190lbs.

You walked a head of us as we walked into the zoo. He was being loud. He was flapping his hands. He was jumping. But he was happy.

You kept turning back and staring at us and at first it didn't bother me. We were at Logans favourite place. He had worked hard all week to earn this trip and I honestly just thought you were curious. Then all hell broke lose at the zoo and I realized you weren't curious at all. After the couple hour drive to the zoo and downing lots of water I had to pee. Thankfully like many places now a days Peterborough Zoo has a coed bathroom. Do you know how hard it is when places don't have those? 

All the dads with daughters and moms with sons. Or people supporting people with disabilities. What do we do when they can't go in the opposite sex bathroom? anyways.... he went in with me, i was careful not to use the hand dryer(loud noises can really bother autistic people, Logan is no exception) i washed my hands dried them on my pants and out we went. We walked about ten feet and I knew something was wrong. Logan started grinding his teeth, making a really loud, growly EEEEE sound and started pinching himself. I asked him if he wanted to leave or needed a drink or to use the bathroom. But he was passed being able to answer. Could you imagine?

Knowing you needed water? or had a headache? had to use the bathroom? but not being able to voice it? I held on his arms and the 3 of us walked to the picnic area not far from the bathrooms. I noticed you and your family were stopped and staring at us again. I was getting slightly annoyed at this point but you still werent my concern, my very upset, very stressed out son was. I finally was able to get him to voice PEE and i realized we needed to make our way back to the bathroom. No big deal right? WRONG. I know you watched us. I could see it out of the corner of my eye as Logan tried to grab my hair and when he couldnt he pulled his own well still very loudly screaming EEEEEEEE.

He bit his arm. Yes there were others staring but they glanced away quickly. You started walking closer to us and my brain instantly went into thinking sir please stay away im trying to protect myself my daughter and my son I dont need another potential person getting hurt. You got about two feet away from us and very loudly yelled "WHY DO PEOPLE BRING KIDS LIKE THIS OUT IN PUBLIC? THEY RUIN SOCIETY"

Now, you have your opinion and im sure you think you are valid in what you said. But you are wrong. Logan was being loud, he was probably scary to some people and he was definitely distracting at least you and your family from what I'm sure was supposed to be a fun family outing. What you don't realize is Logan deserves to be out in public just as much as anyone else.

Posted by Ashley Wright on Monday, June 18, 2018

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