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Fence for Autistic Child at Odds with Association Rules

A Mokena family wants to keep a fence built to stop their 7-year-old autistic son from running out of their yard, but a requirement might prevent them from keeping the fence.

Credit: CBS Chicago
Credit: CBS Chicago

Sean and Lisa Flynn built a fence around their Mokena home to make sure their 7-year-old son Brock doesn’t run off.

The autistic child has a tendency to keep running once he gets started, according to a CBS Chicago report.

But a 25-foot section of the fence goes over a conservation easement, and a homeowners’ covenant forbids building permanent structures on it, according to the report. A neighbor objected to the fence and the Oaks of Mokena Homeowners Association contacted them about it.

Since then, details about fence exchanges have been disputed on both sides. According to CBS, 82 Mokena residents would have to agree to let the Flynns keep the section of fence up on the easement.

Read and watch the full CBS Chicago report.

Should the family be allowed to keep the fence or not? Tell us in the comments.

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Flora Dora December 16, 2013 at 08:00 AM
The Flynn family needs to be allowed to keep their fence. An autistic child ran away in New York 2 months ago and is still missing. How awful for his parents. There is also a special line of clothing for autistic children with special places for tracking devices to be attached in case a child has gone missing.

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