The father of an autistic boy who received a hate letter is weighing in on the “disgusting” letter, reports fox2now.com on Aug. 20.
"Disgusting," says James Begley, the father of 13-year-old Maxwell Begley. "I cannot believe that someone would think that in this day and age."
The letter, slipped anonymously (and cowardly) under the door of Maxwell’s grandmother Brenda Millson, reveals a shockingly callous and malevolent attitude by the writer, who calls Maxwell a “nuisance” whose "non retarted body parts" should be donated to science and who should be “euthanized.”
“I work and my wife has (multiple sclerosis),” Begley said. “So Max’s grandmother helps us out a lot. He is over there three to four times a week.”
Durham Regional Police are investigating the letter, but have said it is not a hate crime.
“Despite the hateful language used, the Crown Attorney’s office has advised that the content of the letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime. However, there are other Criminal Code issues that are being considered,” Durham Regional Police said in a statement Tuesday morning.
The Toronto Star reports police have not yet concluded their investigation, and are acting on information received from the public. Some “charges might apply, but they weren’t able to discuss charges at this point in the investigation,” states the Star.
“If someone is sick enough to not only have those thoughts, but to write those thoughts out and then to mail them” James Begley said, then “they should be considered dangerous. We are all concerned.”