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 Twitter user @Lennonandmaisy shared the note on the social network. “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://wfts.tv/16EGMFI )
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.
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