Family of 13-year-old autistic boy receives anonymous letter suggesting to euthanize him
Stars Lennon, Maisy said letter sent to friend
Last Updated: 111 days ago
A letter that berated a Canadian woman’s severely autistic child and suggested he be euthanized has a community rallying around the boy’s family and searching for the anonymous neighbor behind those venomous words.
The note, targeting 13-year-old Max, was sent to his grandmother’s Ontario home Friday, The Huffington Post reports.
News of this letter spread when Lennon and Maisy, stars of ABC's Nashville, tweeted the letter via their handle @Lennonandmaisy. “A close family friend has an autistic boy and this was the anonymous letter slipped under her door. This is unreal,” it said. (Read the complete letter here: http://bit.ly/16Fiefz)
The writer of the letter claims to be a fellow mother, and called Max’s family selfish for allowing a kid who is “mentally handicapped” to live in the neighborhood.
“…nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling he constantly makes…He scares the hell out of my normal children…,” the author wrote.
The note went on to say he will never get a job or find a woman to love him. “Personally, they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science,” the author wrote.
Max’s mother Karla Begley cried during an interview with local reporters at CityNews as she read the following line: “Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!! Either way, we are ALL better off!!!”
The letter has been re-shared on Twitter over 6,200 times.
It is now being investigated by police, who say they are taking this threat seriously.
Excerpts from the letter below:
To the lady living at this address:
I also live in this neighborhood and have a problem!!!! You have have a kid that is mentally handicapped and you consciously decided that it would be a good idea to live in a close proximity neighborhood like this???? You selfishly put your kid outside everyday and let him be nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling he constantly makes!!! That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!! It scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!! When you feel your idiot kid needs fresh air, take him to our park you dope!!! We have a nature trail!!! Let him urn around those places make noise!!!!!! Crying babies, music and even barking dogs are normal sounds in a residential neighborhood!!!!! He is NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
....He is a hindrance to everyone and will always be that way!!!!! Who the hell is going to care for him?????? No employer will hire him, no normal girl is going to marry/love him and you are not going to live forever!!
....I HATE people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment!!!
....Go live in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid!!! Nobody wants you living here and they don't have the guts to tell you!!!!!