Church bans autistic boy

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  1. dragonfly

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    I read the srticle earlier, apparently he's violent, which there not much, I think anyway, the parents can do about the violence.
    Is there?
    I haven't made up my mind on this story yet. Waiting to read other opinions.
     
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    He spits and urinates, hit a child, almost knocked others over, is disruptive and they feel he has a right to be at church? Sorry - I agree with the church.
     
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    This is a tough call. I agree with the church and with the family. Perhaps they can find a church setting where this boy will not be so disruptive. If not I would think they would have to watch church on television or listen on the radio. I don't think there is an overall good answer.
     
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    I agree with Ann.


    I wonder why a restraining order was needed, strange....
     
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    double post
     
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    It was needed because the family continued to bring the boy to church in spite of being asked not to do so.
     
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    The best thing the church could have done is to provide a way for the family to be able to make it to church but not having to have the boy in the service. Providing a Sunday School class for him with a large man (because I'd not want to be alone with a big boy like that). There should be a compassionate way to deal with it but the parents aren't helping either - just saying that the son WILL be there and to heck with everyone else. Sad.
     
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    I have to agree with the parents at this point. I think I would be finding another church, though.
     
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    There are a couple of ways to handle this. One way is to have a cry room. Churches have tended to get away from these But I believe they are worth their weight in gold. Another way is to create a ministry within the church for autistic children. This could be a new outreach possibility. How many parents of autistic children stay home because of their children? Not something I have thought about before.

    What is clear is the general worship service is not for this child.
     
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    After thought this evening and reading responses, I agree with the rest of you.
     

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