A note left on a windscreen from a desperate parent of child with ADHD has outraged people online after they warned motorists to “accept damage to their car” if they parked outside their property.
On the piece of paper that has since gone viral, the author began by describing their son as “impulsive and destructive".
“Since moving in he has drawn on my car with texta, thrown a few rocks across [the] front of [the] complex, and if a car was parked where this one is it would of smashed a window,” they detailed.
“He had also thrown numerous items from our balcony.”
The writer then went on to explain that they had already tried to alert local residents to their situation.
“I know that I have been very vocal about cars parking out the front here and this is a huge factor,” they said.
“I as a parent of a ADHD/ADD child can only preempt so much.”
Concluding the letter, the parent left the reader with a stern warning.
“Please only park here if you’re willing to accept damage to your car.”
Social media backlash
The note, which was posted on Reddit with the caption ‘letter on my wife’s windscreen this morning’, has since been viewed more than 74,500 times.
“No that’s not how it works,” one riled up reader wrote. “If your kid causes damages, you still have to pay for said damages.”
“What if that rock hit and injured a child or an animal,” another worried user added.
“At the end of the day, the parents may need to move to an apartment where they are not on the top floor or not near parked cars if possible.”
“You can’t just let your kids run amok,” someone else said. “If their kid is having destructive inclinations then they need to find a way to better support their child.”
Others leapt to the parent’s defence.
“You can only preempt so much’ is very true in cases like this,” one woman wrote. “You can do everything in your power and s**t still happens every once in a while.”
“I have ADHD myself and two kids on the spectrum,” another said. “My youngest should have his picture in the dictionary next to hyperactivity.”
ADHD, or adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, begins in childhood and occurs in about five per cent of children and adolescents worldwide.
“ADHD is at its core an attention problem, and when our attentional processes malfunction, that can impact on many different areas of the way we function as people," consultant psychiatrist Dr Paul McLaren said.
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