Sending a letter to a grandmother suggesting that she euthanize her autistic grandson does not constitute a hate crime. This vile letter doesn't meet the criteria of a hate crime, according to the Durham Regional Police. According to The Star on Tuesday, Aug. 20, there are other criminal codes that may have been broken, which police are still considering. This means charges are still possible when they find the ignorant letter writer.
Brenda Millson received a letter on Friday complaining about her autistic 13-year-old grandson's behavior at her Newcastle home. This letter was slipped under the front door of her home. What was written in the letter was horrendous which included, calling the boy a “retard,” suggesting that she move or “euthanize the child” and claimed that the child was a “hindrance to the neighborhood.”
The letter was signed “Sincerely, one pissed off mother!!. The writer was heavy on the exclamation marks when trying to make a very ignorant point. The letter stated that it was speaking for many in the neighborhood.
Come Sunday morning it was easy to see that wasn't the case when the autistic child, Maxwell Begley, stepped out of his grandmother's home to talk with the media and the neighbors applauded the young teen. They showed him that the letter basically spoke for one very ignorant person and not the rest of the neighborhood.
Police are in the early stages of this investigation and they are getting help from some of the neighbors. They said that a couple of charges might still apply to the person who wrote this letter and they are pursuing this investigation. They didn't say what those charges were that they are considering today.