Hate Letter to Family of Autistic Boy

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As posted via Twitter, Aug. 18, 2013:

autistic boy hate letter
Netlore Archive: Viral image of an anonymous hate letter written to the family of an autistic child by a neighbor who advises them to 'go live in a trailer in the woods' or 'euthanize him.'.

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Aug. 2013
Status: Authentic (see details below)

Full text of letter:

To the lady living at this address:

I also live in this neighborhood and have a problem!!!! You 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 a 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 run around those places and 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!! Personally, they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone!!! You had a retarded kid, deal with it...properly!!!!! What right do you have to do this to hard working people!!!!!!! I HATE people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment!!! GOD!!!!!!

Do everyone in our community huge a favor and MOVE!!!! VAMOSE!!! SCRAM!!!! Move away and get out of this type of neighborhood setting!!! 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!!!!!

Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!! Either way, we are ALL better off!!!


One pissed off mother!!!!!

Analysis: The letter is all too real, unfortunately. According to the Toronto Star, it was anonymously mailed to the home of Newcastle, Ontario resident Brenda Millson, grandmother of Maxwell Begley, a 13-year-old boy with autism, in August 2013. Maxwell's mother, Karla Begley of nearby Oshawa, says she has multiple sclerosis and often drops her son off at his grandmother's house for sleepovers. "He does make noises," Begley told the Star, but they're usually "happy noises." The entire community was shocked and upset by the incident.

Police are investigating but say that despite the hateful language in the letter its content "falls below the threshold" of a hate crime. It's possible that other charges may be filed.

The letter began circulating on the Internet on August 18, 2013 after it was tweeted by Lennon and Maisy Stella, a Canadian musical duo.

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Sources and further reading:

Family in Shock After Hate Letter Targets Teen with Autism
CityNews Toronto, 18 August 2013

Ontario Family Shocked After Receiving Letter from Neighbour Telling Them to ‘Euthanize’ Autistic Son
National Post, 19 August 2013

The Incredibly Offensive Letter Sent to a Mother with an Autistic Son
Buzzfeed, 19 August 2013

Hateful Letter Stirs Local Support for Autistic Boy
Toronto Star, 19 August 2013

Police Investigate Hate Letter Targeting Teen with Autism
CityNews Toronto, 19 August 2013

Letter Targeting Autistic Boy Not a Hate Crime: Police
CityNews Toronto, 20 August 2013

Last updated 08/20/13