Neighbor Installs Strobe Light to Give Epileptic Children Seizures

A neighbor who was irritated by the children waiting for the school bus outside his home installed strobe lights in retaliation. The problem? The kids are epileptic.

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

Apr. 8 2019, Updated 11:01 a.m. ET

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This Redditor's story about an angry neighbor getting revenge on epileptic schoolchildren has people in utter shock and disbelief.

Neighborly disputes are probably as old as humankind itself. You know that thousands of years ago, there were some cavemen who were pissed off that Gronk wouldn't clean the mastodon bones from in front of whatever mountain-hole he dwelled in. Who knows? Cave paintings could've very well been the first form of graffiti and vandalism.

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In terms of pettiness, things can also go from 0-100 very, very quickly in neighborhoods as well. This person's upset at that person's dog pooping in their lawn. So they call the cops on the most minute things: overnight parking when they have guests over, calling in noise complaints whenever there's a party, or hooking up some paint dye to their water supply so they end up looking like Paul Giamatti from Big Fat Liar.

Then there are neighbors who go from "petty" to "psychotic." Maybe the folks next door are so sick of your dog barking at the mailman that they decide to toss over some steaks laced with cyanide to shut your pooch up. Or they slash your car tires in the middle of the night.

Or they decide to turn their neighborly angst against your children. Like this person did when they installed strobe lights on their front lawn.

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Putting in annoyingly bright lights is definitely a nuisance and could make your drive past that particular house annoying, or if they keep it on all night like this guy, it might result in a frustrating lack of sleep.

But this neighbor had a more sinister purpose for erecting the pulsating light fixtures: he discovered this Redditor's three children all had severe cases of epilepsy. 

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Two other children on the block have epilepsy as well, meaning the majority of the kids who get picked up by the school bus outside his house each morning would be exposed to large, blinking strobe lights, which can trigger seizures.

What made this evil neighbor go through such great lengths?

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It's a tale as old as time in the world of crotchety neighbors: he wanted the kids to stay off his lawn. Pointing a shotgun at the kids like Clint Eastwood from Gran Torino probably wouldn't go over too well with the local police department so he did the next "best" thing: induced seizures in children who are just trying to go to school.

In you're unfamiliar with the dangers seizures pose, they're not pretty. Depending on the severity of the episode, an individual could really hurt themselves or even die.The sudden "burst" of electrical activity that occurs in the brain can cause violent reactions in people and make them lose control of all their bodily functions. Some people may lose consciousness, bite their tongues — in some cases causing them to sever it or choke on the blood.

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And this neighbor thought it'd be a good idea to "teach" the kids a lesson by blasting his lights. To make matters worse, there's no way the children in the neighborhood can avoid the pulsing strobe lights on the neighbor's lawn while awaiting the bus.

Sadly, when the parents of the epileptic children tried to put an end to the lights, they hit dead-ends at every possible legal solution.

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They tried talking to the neighbor, who called the lights "brat repellant," pretty much solidifying that he did it on purpose. They also tried calling the police, who wouldn't even visit the neighborhood to speak to the evil mastermind behind the plot. Also, due to the way the street is set up, the school can't pick the children up at any other spot or make other special accommodations.

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Thankfully, other Redditors offered advice to the distraught parent who fears for the safety of their children and the other kids on the block who are just trying to get to school. It's bad enough they have to wake up early to listen to teachers drone on about things they could care less about without some jerkwad trying to give them seizures in the process.

What do you think the parents should do? I can't think of anything legal, aside from suing the person for assault. But lawsuits cost money. Any ideas?

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