Autistic boy hate letter has not only devastated the family of young Maxwell Begley, but been rebuked by the 13-year-old boy’s friends and local community, Oshawa, at large. When a stranger sent an anonymous hate letter to Maxwell Begley and his family, his mother in particular was stunned at its cruelty and insensitivity, but support groups have come forward to help the reeling family from the spiteful message, The Star reported this Monday, Aug. 19.
The autistic boy hate letter includes such terrible dialogue as saying that no woman could ever possibly love young Maxwell because he’s autistic, that he would never be hired for a good job, and that he should simply move into the woods to give everyone else some quiet and peace of mind.
It even goes far as to say that the boy with autism should be euthanized, which was "particularly devastating," said the boy's grandmother in her statement.
Although a stranger seemingly typed the pink-colored hate letter and sent it in the mail to the Begley family, he or she didn’t think about the cruel consequences of such a terrible message.
“It made me sick to my stomach to think that somebody hated my son that much and they didn’t even know him,” says mother Karla, her voice breaking in the report. “But they just hated him because he was different. We were devastated. That’s the only reason they had to hate him.”
Maxwell Bergley is autistic, 13-years-old, and lives with his family in Oshawa. Yet the individual who sent the dubbed autistic boy hate letter — one that has been rebuked by the local community, who is standing by the family since the mother went public with the cruel mail — never took the time to find that Maxwell has his favorite movie close at hand at all times, “Grease,” enjoys riding on go-karts, and likes jumping in his backyard’s trampoline.
Fortunately, 13-year-old Maxwell isn’t aware of the hate letter. He’s just able to relish the attention that it has drawn him this month.
“He doesn’t know anything about the letter,” added his mother, who was said to be shocked but "relieved ... to spare her son the letter's [words]." “He loves the attention, he thinks he’s famous.”
The anonymous autistic boy hate letter has since been condemned by the family and community at large alike, where some special education groups have used it as a model of the hate and lack of knowledge that still exists in Canada and abroad toward those with autism and other special needs.
The letter includes such statements as, “Maxwell makes a noise polluting wailing … that scares the hell out of my normal children ... What the hell good is he to anyone?”
The family has said they are simply going to let Maxwell enjoy his celebrity status and rely on the support of their loved ones following the hate mail.
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