An autistic boy’s hate letter, written anonymously by an annoyed neighbor, is sparking outrage. The typed hate mail was slipped under the door of a Newscastle, Ontario grandmother, who cares for her autistic grandchild, reports USA Today on Aug.19.
The boy, 13-year-old Maxwell Begley, is cared for by his grandmother, Brenda Millson, in the morning while his parents, who live in nearby Oshawa, Ontario, are at work.
The shocking letter, posted in its entirety on Twitter, is addressed to “the lady living at this address” and opens by stating the writer also has a problem: “You have a kid that is mentally handicapped and consciously decided that it would be a good idea to live in a close proximity neighborhood like this???”
The writer describes Maxwell as a “nuisance” and a “problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling (sic) he constantly makes” which is ”dreadful” and “scares the [expletive] out of normal children!!!!!!”
“When you feel your idiot kid needs fresh air, take him to the park you dope,” lashes out the writer.
The letter then takes on a decidedly malevolent turn, calling the boy a “hindrance” and asking “who is going to care for him… hire him… marry / love him?”
The scathing hate mail says that the boy’s “non retarded body parts” be donated to science, and that just because [Brenda] has “a special needs kid” she shouldn’t be “entitled to special treatment.”
Brenda is then told to “move” and “scram” out of the community. “Go live in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid.”
The closing of the letter is equally appalling and demoralizing.
“Do the right thing and move or euthanize him.”
The letter, evidently written by a woman, was signed: “One pissed off mother.”
Police are investigating the matter and are considering the incident as a serious threat. Maxwell’s grandmother, as you can understand, was traumatized.
“I was shaking when I was reading it,” Millson said. “It's awful words. You don't know why somebody would ever do such a thing.”
Maxwell’s mother, Karla Begley, who struggles with multiple sclerosis, also echoed the underlying sickness that would drive a person to produce such hateful words.
“It made me sick to my stomach to think that somebody hated my son that much and they didn't even know him,” she said. “But they just hated him because he was different. That's the only reason they had to hate him.”