A parent has sparked outrage after asking the internet a question about one of their son’s friends.
The unnamed person took to the question and answer website, Quora, to discuss a ‘problem’ they claimed they were experiencing.
In the post, which has since been deleted, they shared their fears over their son hanging out with an autistic child.
They wrote: “My son hangs out with an autistic kid sometimes and I don’t want him to start taking after him and becoming autistic.
“How can I nip this problem in the bud?”
Screenshots of the question, along with the top reply, were shared on Reddit where they quickly went viral as people were appalled.
A Quora user named Ron Sarraf-Berrios responded to the post, saying: “I suggest you have a strong discussion with your child’s other parent and suggest they do the parenting from now on as you sound like a moron.
“Autism is not contagious, but, I’m afraid stupidity is, so stop spreading yours.”
Ron, who is a step-dad to a child on the spectrum, later spoke to Bored Panda about the post, admitting he was “floored” by the question and it left him feeling “disgusted”.
He added: “It didn’t occur to me that they could have been a troll until redditors started commenting that, and yet the fact that they deleted their question on Quora after I posted my response tells me they weren’t a troll.
“As a step-parent of a child on the spectrum, it really disgusted me, so I framed my response to shame them as much as I could.”
On Reddit’s Murdered By Words forum, the images were captioned: “The stupid, it hurts.”
The post received more than 64,000 up votes with hundreds of people commenting to share their thoughts.
One person said: “It really boggles my mind how genuinely stupid some people can be.”
Another replied: “As a parent of an autistic child I would like to send out a big f**k you to everyone who thinks that autism is contagious, caused my vaccines, thinks it makes them stupid and in general hating on autism.”
Someone else pointed out that the friendship could actually be beneficial for both children, saying: “It actually helps both kids. The kid with autism can benefit in developing social skills and the boy without autism can understand kids that are not neurotypical.”