US mother receives threatening note about disabled son

  • 06/01/2018
The letter, shared on Facebook, was from an unknown parent.
The letter, shared on Facebook, was from an unknown parent. Photo credit: Facebook/ Lacey Brandenburg

A mother in Iowa is heartbroken after receiving a letter from a parent telling her to keep her disabled son away.

Lacey Brandenburg's son, Ashton, has intellectual disabilities, ADHD, cognitive disorder and autism.

She shared the letter, from an unknown parent, on Facebook.  

"I know he has a disability, but we feel his disability may hold our son's level of comperhansion [sic], life, his communication, socialization, and learning level may be at risk if playing and being around Ashton continues," the letter said.

"Please keep your son away from ours so ours are not picking up the idea that playing with toys or watching cartoons younger than his is OK," it ended.

Ms Brandenburg told KCCI-TV she was gobsmacked that somebody "would go as far as downing a special needs kid just because he does things a little differently".

She said she decided to publicly share the letter to "teach people what parents with special needs face and what they deal with".

She said she and Ashton have received an outpouring of support, and he has made new friends.