An autistic boy hate letter that generated worldwide outrage by suggesting that a family actually euthanize its disabled son will not be considered a hate crime, authorities said, according to a report in CBC News on Aug. 20.
The so-called autistic boy hate letter, sent anonymously to a family in Ontario, Canada, went viral and shocked the world with its hateful message and words.
The hate letter said that the family of the autistic boy should "do the right thing and move or euthanize him” because he was disturbing others in the neighborhood. The autistic boy hate letter complained about noises the boy apparently makes, stating, “That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL! Its [sic] scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!”
Despite the hateful messages directed at the disabled boy, the Crown Attorney's Office in Ontario now says that the autistic boy hate letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime, Durham Regional Police Service said in a statement released on Tuesday. Police will still consider whether the letter violates other Criminal Code issues.
The autistic boy hate letter was directed at the family of 13-year-old Max Begley. The hate letter was delivered last week to the house of Max’s grandmother, Brenda Millson, who lives about 15 minutes from the Begley home in Oshawa, a town 40 miles from Toronto, MyFox8 News reported.
“If someone is sick enough to not only have those thoughts, but to write those thoughts out and then to mail them, they should be considered dangerous. We are all concerned,” said Max’s father, James Begley.
The author of the typed one-page autistic boy hate letter claimed to be a mother who lived in the neighborhood.
Meantime, other neighbors are rallying to show support for autism and the Begley family. On Sunday night, at least 120 people waited outside the home for more than an hour in order show their support for Max and his family, Begley said. In addition, families with autistic children drove in from Oshawa to show their support.
Anyone with any new information regarding the investigation into the so-called autistic boy hate letter is asked to contact Const. Thompson of the East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1604.
Anonymous tips about the hate letter can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.