March 9, 2024 at 9:17 am

Teenage Girl Doesn’t Want To Spend The Night With The Autistic Boy Next Door. Now The Boy’s Parents Are Mad At Her.

by Matthew Gilligan

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This is a strange story…

We see a lot of weirdness on the pages of Reddit, but this was a new one for us.

We don’t want to give anything away, so go ahead and start reading now and you can see what you think!

AITA for rejecting my neighbors’ sleepover request with their autistic son?

“I (18F) have an autistic neighbor (18M) who is also my classmate at school.

We got acquainted when the family moved into the neighbor, and after knowing that I was studying with him, his parents wanted me to help out with class works. So I’ve known them for almost three years.

She got some news.

A couple of months ago, I learned that he has a crush on me. The bashful behavior and the letters I accidentally read gave it away. Initially, it was awkward for me, but I got over it soon, as he didn’t tell me anything about his feelings.

Unfortunately, his bashful interactions made our batch mates assume that he might like me, which further spiraled into a rumor, and a teacher who is far too invested in high school rumors kept pairing me up with him.

She wasn’t cool with this.

It was embarrassing for me, and I couldn’t even say anything because he didn’t confess to anything; it was just an outside assumption and rumor.

Days ago, his parents were going out of town and wanted me to sleep over at his place. It wasn’t a surprising request because my family has hosted him for dinner whenever they’re not at home, and I’ve been to theirs. The sleepover was, however, new.

She wasn’t having it.

Perhaps, in the past, I might have agreed to it; it was just a night in their guest room, and my parents were next door. But with the awkward situation at school, I told them no. My parents still offered him dinner, or he could spend the night at ours, but they didn’t accept it.

The mom kept asking me why I didn’t want to stay over, and I told them that he’s a boy, so I wasn’t comfortable. But she wasn’t satisfied with the answer. I trusted her enough and told her what was happening at school.

Now people are upset with her.

She got mad at me, and accused me of being disgusted by her son’s feelings because he is autistic, and to double it down, assuming that an autistic person would do something horrible to me if I stayed alone with them. Needless to say, it was a horrible day for all of us. Our parents haven’t spoken to each other ever since.

I wouldn’t call his parents horrible people for the way they reacted. Given that their son doesn’t behave like our age group, and the whole autistic stigma, he might have been ostracized and bullied in the past, for all I know. But, the thought of it does make me feel like an *******.

So, AITA for rejected their sleepover request, because of the rumors and people actively pairing us, even though I might have accepted their request in the past.”

Check out what folks said about this on Reddit.

One person said this isn’t appropriate and she’s NTA.

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Another person talked about what concerns them about this story…

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This individual said this is creepy.

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One person talked about the red flags waving here.

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And one person thinks they know what’s really going on here…

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Yeah, this girl was completely right to be wary.

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