For Perth single mum, Liz Jay Bee, it was a rare night out with her kids. They’d been sick and cooped up during school holidays and they needed this.
"I took my children to the football because I wanted some family time." Image via Blog Me and my Craziness.
But when fellow spectators shamed her forcing her to leave her night out a beloved Eagles game turned to heartbreak.
Liz Jay Bee, a mum who writes about her life with her kids shared her distressing experience in an open letter to her fellow spectators – a letter that has now gone viral.
The young mum took her four-year-old daughter and six-year-old son to watch the Eagles' win over Richmond at Domain Stadium on Friday.
On Saturday she took to her blog, and to Facebook to tell her readers - and now Australia - just how tough it can be for a child with autism to to treated as any other child would on a regular night out.
“To the lady and her daughter sitting in seats 9 and 10 in section 142, row W at Domain Stadium at last nights Eagles vs Richmond game” she wrote.
"I'm the mum to a special needs boy; the very boy you sat next to last night. I took my children to the football because I wanted some family time,"
Ms Bee wrote that her son, Will, who is six has autism.
“He’s non verbal (but I’m pretty sure through the looks of disgust that your teenage daughter gave him, she figured that out at least) and has sensory issues.”
Ms Bee wrote that her son, Will, who is six has autism. Image via Facebook.
She justifies why she went out, saying it was her birthday and her daughter loves the Eagles. She says she took her son, who doesn’t understand the game quite as much his iPad in case he became unable to cope. She said that his IPad gave him when he needed to focus on something else.
"I didn't want to let my son feel left out because he deserves just as much as the next child to go to the football," she said.
But then, she said, her son slipped and spilled some lemonade on the mother next to him.
“He’s only just learning how to drink from a bottle, though he was using a straw last night. As he went to take a drink, the drink slipped and spilled a bit. I heard the bottom of the bottle hit the chair and turned round to see him wet from his drink and you, the mother of the two, with a bit of lemonade on your jumper.
"I apologised profusely, saying 'I'm so sorry, he's still learning to drink out of a bottle with a straw' and all you could do was mumble [under your breath but I still heard it] 'F--k sake, f--king hell'."
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She said that his sensory issues then went “batshit” as he had lemonade on his own sleeve and he accidently brushed past the teenage girl a few times who was now sitting next to the little boy after she had changed seats with her mother.