A father's heartbreaking message has gone viral after he attacked his friends for excluding his autistic son from their birthday parties.
Reilly, 6, has non-verbal autism, and as a result doesn't get invited to other children's events. His father Shane Stephenson, from the UK, lashed out in an angry message which has been widely shared on Twitter.
"Right this has been brewing for some time so here it goes and you can like it or f**king well lump it," he wrote.
"My son Reilly has autism not f**king leprosy; he is 6 years old and my so-called friends who have kids also have kids parties.
"Not ONE invite not f**king one. Think about that whilst you go and f**k yourselves; you have any idea how hurtful that is?
"Just for the record in future don't bother he's not an after thought he's my every f***ing thought."
Reilly's mother, Christine Stephenson told the Huffington Post: "Our friends aren't horrible people, I know they feel our struggles.
"They are mortified that Shane feels this way."
"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," she added.
"The simple advice I give is: just ask."