A Michigan mother decided to speak out after an anonymous note was placed in her shopping cart about her 6-year-old son.
Brittany Miller was shopping in Muskegon, Michigan, with her son Granderson when the incident occurred, according to WOOD.
Granderson is autistic and is fascinated by fire alarms.
“It becomes his number one goal to know everything about it. It’s a totally different way of learning but he’s fully capable of learning that and so much more,” Brittany told WOOD.
Brittany explained that he sometimes imitates the sound as a coping mechanism.
Still, the mother believes her son was not being particularly loud.
Another shopper disagreed. When Brittany’s back was turned, they placed a note on her cart reading, “Buy that kid a muzzle!!”
“I turn around and I’m talking to my son. I was helping him fix his shoe. I turn back around and there’s a note on top of my bags,” she added.
Brittany said she would preferred it if the person had stopped to talk.
“I don’t know an Autism mom who doesn’t want to raise awareness so we’re more than happy to take three minutes out of our day to explain just a little bit,” Brittany added.
Brittany went onto say the individual had missed out on learning how smart her son could be.
“I hope the next time [they] encounter a child that’s different, I hope [they] take into consideration that [they] don’t know anything about this person and they don’t have to be different on the outside to be different on the inside,” she added.
Despite the negative comment, the incident did result in a positive surprise for Granderson.
A security company got in touch with the family after seeing the news report to award the 6-year-old an honorary title for his knowledge of fire alarms.
EPS Security in Grand Rapids, Michigan, took Granderson around their building.
“He was walking through our building and saying the different model numbers and some he knew and I didn’t even know, so I am very impressed,” said EPS service supervisor Andy Hulings, according to WOOD.