This is in response to "Mixing of students causes resentment and envy" (Letters, April 9):
First, I too would like to give a shout-out to Eileen Parkman for the bravery she showed by defending an autistic child being bullied. Second, I would like to give another shout-out to her father for teaching her the difference between right and wrong. This problem all starts in the home whether we want to admit it or not.
The letter writer starts out with great praise and goodness, and then decides to place the blame on who? The autistic child? Society's rules?
The school has been shorting the other kids because they have to share their classroom with an autistic child? Are you kidding me? Is that what you were possibly getting at?
As a parent of an autistic child I find such comments to be absurd. If I had done what these hooligans did at school when I was a child I would have woke up in military school by morning.
The blame is on the parents, period - end of story. Those kids were not resentful or envious, they are just bad kids.
As for children with special needs being in the same classroom as "regular" children and ruining their education, our children have just as much of a right to be there as anyone else's beloved children.
It seems as if the letter writer has mixed up views that need to be straightened out.