The parents of a suicidal boy asked a neighbor to remove a mannequin by a noose – and were told that their dead son was “selfish” for taking his own life.
Tony Cassetta and his wife are still grappling with the 16-year-old’s death last year.
They discovered the swinging Halloween decorations near their home in Philadelphia, USA and felt uncomfortable.
The army veteran spoke to his neighbor and asked her to reflect on the emotional distress it was causing her.
His wife then wrote to the owner and repeated the request, explaining her grief.
But they weren’t prepared for the answer, a “sexist and racist” letter calling their son “selfish” for taking his own life in 2019.
The letter writer said the loss of the family had “absolutely nothing to do with their household”.
The Cassettas went public with the response as they tried to highlight the harmful effects on mental health.
“Suicide is beyond selfish and your son’s selfishness is still trying to influence others,” the letter reads.
“But it stops here. If anything, the display will continue to grow over the years. “
Disgusted, Tony says that the bitter experience brought the trauma of losing her child back.
“We want nothing but them to see the other side and get a bit of compassion,” he said NBC.
“It takes you back to the day we lost our son.
“We don’t see Halloween in it. I don’t understand the connection between suicide and Halloween.”
The police asked the owner to arrange for the mannequin to be removed.
The Cassetta neighbor refused to comment when the network asked for an answer.
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