Brisbane Mum Reveals Neighbour Is Threatening To Call Council About Autistic Son's 'Moaning'

'They're reporting it.. like he's a dog'

Amy Drew

27 February 2018

Amy Drew

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A Mount Ommaney mother is taking a stance against what she's calling a 'bully note' sent by an anonymous neighbour, complaining about her autistic son.

Magenta Quinn found the letter in her mailbox on Monday and decided to share it on Facebook:

"I am one of your neighbours and wish to remain anonymous to avoid any conflict," the note read.
"When you moved in we heard these strange moaning and shouting coming from your garden every day and night, for which we were concerned may be illegal activities, so we contacted the police who in turn have visited your premises. They informed us of your situation that a person in your family is suffering from a mental illness and that was the source of the noise."
"Whilst I sympathise with your situation is [sic] it is a very disturbing noise that comes from your garden continuously, every day, sometimes late into the night. It is not fair on the community to have to bear this disturbance especially as it occurs daily."
"I would kindly request that you consider your neighbours and try to limit the amount of time that is spent in the garden such that we do not have to listen to the disturbing noise daily and sometimes before 6am. If this continues at the regular intervals it has been, I intend to make a formal complaints against your address to council to help resolve the issue."

Quinn said she was "astonished" to find the note in her letterbox.

"I've decided that it really is bullying and it's not ok, because they already sent the police around, they understood he was mentally ill and still wanted me to do something like.. muzzle my son! They're reporting it to Council like he's a dog, it's ridiculous," she told Hit105's Stav Abby & Matt.

Quinn said the 'noises' actually help to calm him down. "He's largely non verbal. If I'm lucky I might get a 3-5 word sentence out of him. His mental capacity is that of a 5 to 7-year-old and he always needs someone around to take care of him. So what I call 'humming and yelping', they're calling 'moaning and shouting'. It's part of his comfort, it's the same as breathing for him."

"It would be like someone that has a nervous habit of twirling their hair and telling them to chop their fingers off."

Quinn said she decided to post the letter on her local community Facebook page in hopes the sender would come forward to talk with her face to face.

"The local community page has been the most supportive group of wonderful and loving people. I've had about 400 people make a comment, saying things like 'we'll hold a street party!'. Then there's all the families speaking up saying 'our kid's autistic and we've received similar notes from our neighbours '."

"I think it's ok too have an opinion, just have a little compassion."

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