While OP was at a mall restroom with friends, a young girl tried to crawl into her stall, despite OP telling her it was occupied.
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OP was shocked and asked her mother to watch her more closely.
Her mom defended her behavior due to her autism, but OP got upset and told her she should be a better parent, her friends think she is being insensitive.
Having disabilities doesn't justify inappropriate behavior.
If she knows her child might misbehave in a restroom and invade someone's privacy, she should have taken her child into the stall with her to keep a closer watch.
It's important for any 7-year-old, regardless of their situation, to have proper supervision in public restrooms for their safety.
The mother should have been supervising her child.
Parents should never use a child's disability as a weapon.
Parents are responsible for their children's behavior, including those with autism.
The mother is at fault for letting her child crawl on a public bathroom floor.
Not taking responsibility for behavior and blaming it on a diagnosis is not acceptable.
Parents need to pay attention to their kids in public settings.
It's crystal clear that OP is not the one in the wrong. She handled the unexpected intrusion into her privacy with remarkable patience and composure.
The responsibility lies squarely with the mother, who used her child's autism as an excuse for her lack of vigilance. Autism should never be used as a shield to justify neglectful parenting.
Parents of children with special needs need to take extra precautions to ensure their child's safety and respect others' boundaries. OP had every right to express her frustration with the mother's defensive attitude.
It's high time people understand that being empathetic doesn't mean excusing irresponsible behavior. In this case, OP is most definitely not the asshole, and she should be commended for standing up for her rights and boundaries.