Dad writes a furious post to his ‘friends’ after his six-year-old autistic son never receives any invitations to their kids’ birthday parties.

The boy’s mother shared her husband’s angry rant from Facebook onto Twitter, writing, “My husband’s message to his mates breaks my heart.”

In the message the father wrote: “My son Reilly has autism not f***ing leprosy; he is 6 years old and my so called friends who have kids also have kids parties. Not ONE invite not f***ing one [sic].

“have you any idea how hurtful that is?”
It continues: “Just for the record in future don’t bother he’s not an after thought he’s my every f***ing thought.”

Her tweet which shared her husband’s message to his friends has been retweeted more than 2,000 times.

*Language warning*

Good on you, dad! There will never be a better advocate for a child than their parent.

Mrs Stephenson, from Newcastle, told the Huffington Post: ‘Our friends aren’t horrible people, I know they feel our struggles.

‘They are mortified that Shane feels this way.’

She said: ‘There’s some building bridges to be done now that Shane has spoken about how he truly feels and I think only positivity can come from his outburst.

‘The simple advice I give is: Just ask.’

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  • Parents just want to protect their children and they do feel hurt when their children are excluded. I can understand the rant and maybe now both sides can work towards inclusion and invitations to parties.


  • It is hard on the parents as well as the children when they realise their child is being excluded all the time. Not all Autistic Children have as strong a sensory issues as others. For some it is just excessively loud noises like excessively loud music (the neighbours may not appreciate it either) or activities using something like drums or crackers (which are illegal anyway) – if people weant then they could save them until near the end and warn the child’s parents. This article was also on another site. One Mum stated that she has an autistic child. The Mum hosting a child’s birthday party rang her and asked what to and not do so her child could attend the party. All the kids had a great time and none of them complained about missing anything……However the Dad who wrote this article went too far when he told his friends not to bother etc.


  • It’s hard, though, when kids don’t want to invite a child you’d like them to. The dad could ave dealt with ths better.

    • Agreed. It could happen to any kid not just because he has special needs.


  • I can certainly understand the father’s upset and frustration – but a sincere, tender message rather than an outburst of expletives would have probably had a greater impact, because these ‘friends’ should certainly feel ashamed!


  • If he was one of my husband’s friends his kid wouldn’t be invited because it would mean he might come too. His son is welcome. Someone who feels throwing a tanty on social media to change peoples opinions is going to be effective or acceptable however…


  • I hope this outburst does change things a little for the better for their son.


  • I can understand dad’s anger and frustration.
    The public knowledge about autism is that children who have this condition are fearful in contact. This might well be the reason why people don’t invite them.
    An important role of parents should be to explain the condition to their child friends and classmates. Swearing doesn’t help and doesn’t look pretty, although I can understand that too.


  • unfortunately there are a lot of selfish people out there, who need to stop and think of others once in a while.


  • It’s so sad when kids get left out.

    • It is upsetting and parents do understandably feel protective of their young ones.


  • I can imagine how upsetting it is for the parents. But for the child too. People fear “differences”. :-(


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