Social media users were shocked this week to read of a mum who called the police on her son’s teenaged pal after he refused to leave her house.
The parent posted on Reddit, in the “Am I the A**hole” forum, to question if she had done the wrong thing.
During the youngster’s last visit, Tom refused to leave their home when the mum said it was time to be driven home – and his parents wouldn’t come and collect him, reports the Mirror.
The woman wrote: "My son, Brian  has a friend, Tom  who I really dislike.
"However, since Brian is on the spectrum, very few other children want to hang out with him.
“I have tried to tell him that Tom is using him for his Nintendo Switch, but he is unable to process that. Every time Tom comes over, he'll hog the Switch to play one of the games (oftentimes a single-player game).
"Over the weekend, Tom came over for a sleepover."
She continued: “As usual, he raced right up to Brian's room, turned on the game, and sat there for hours. He played until 3am on Sunday morning, and then he woke up at 10am, and without joining us for breakfast, started playing more.
"At around 12, Brian had reached his limit and told Tom that it was time to go home.
“He was tuned out completely. Brian then came to me asking what he should do, and I told him to be more assertive.
“An hour later, he came back, basically in tears, saying that no matter what he said, Tom was just ignoring him."
The parent continued to explain: "I told [Tom] that he had to go home, and the kid legitimately looked me in the eye and said 'No, I don't think I will.'
"I then called his mother who didn't pick up."
She continued: "Finally, I unplugged the machine from the wall causing his game to turn off, but he attached the controller to the handheld part and sat on Brian's beanbag chair, again impervious to anything we said.
"At my limit, I went into the other room and called the police. Since we live in a small town, the police officer (a good friend of ours) came right over.
"Tom finally got his act together and was taken home by the police, but on his way out I told him that he was never going to step foot in my house again. I told him not to talk to Brian at school and not to text Brian privately."
Around an hour later, Tom’s mother called and “shrieked” about how “horribly” her son has been treated.
Brian’s mum added: “I stayed calm and told her I had called her, but she said she was busy in a meeting and couldn't talk.
"I've received dozens of anger-filled texts, both from Tom's mother and numbers I don't know. I wouldn't care what those trashy parents think, but I wonder if they have a point."
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The woman asked if she had done the wrong thing and over 1,300 people replied.
One said: "You took all the proper steps. At that point, it was down to calling the police or physically dragging the little brat out of your home.
“Both for the child's safety and for you not getting sued, calling the police was the right thing to do."
But, another noted: "Apart from just taking the switch away. I mean I feel like OP didn't exercise all of her options before calling the police and then banning Tom from ever speaking to her son again.
“I get that she feels like her son is being used for his Switch, but now Tom will go tell everyone else that Brian's mom is going to call the police if you hang out with him.”
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