I don't know anyone personally who has autism, but I would never do to this family what their neighbors did. That is just completely messed up!
What the bloody frigging hell?
There is nothing about that that's acceptable. What a crass and utter waste of time, resources, and energy on enforcing stupid and groundless prejudice.
what a bunch of idiots... i think it had less to do with the autism (they used it as a scapegoat which is tacky and despicable) and more to do with revenge/retaliation!! ?
as far as the other neighbors not standing up for the family - they were probably scared of these idiots - if they were willing to go to that extreme just b/c the father confronted one of them about their child's misbehavior who know what else they are capable of!! ?
what kind of example is that for their kids...?