In a hate move that has stunned and outraged a Newcastle, Ontario, community, the family of a 13-year-old boy, Max Begley (pictured), received an anonymous letter (pictured below) in their mailbox from a disturbed neighbor urging them to “euthanize” their son because he has severe autism, reports the Toronto Star.
Max, who was diagnosed at age 2 with the disorder, spends most of his summer mornings at his grandmother Brenda Milson’s home. The anonymous letter describes how when Max plays outside, he makes “dreadful” noises that “scares the hell out of my normal children.” The author then accuses the special needs child of “noise polluting wailing,” callously adding, “Crying babies, music, and even barking dogs are normal sounds in a residential neighborhood! He is not!”
One of the most-disturbing parts of the letter — and there are many — is when the writer states how the family “should take whatever non-retarded body parts he possesses and donate them to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone! You had a retarded kid, deal with it… properly!!!”
The clincher, though, is how the “One Pissed Off Mother” ended her letter, “Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!! Either way, we are ALL better off!!!”
When Milson read the disturbing letter, she told the Toronto Star, “I was shaking when I was reading it. It’s awful words. You don’t know why somebody would ever do such a thing.”
Max’s mom, Karla Begley (pictured), who suffers from the nervous system disorder multiple sclerosis, told the Toronto Star that she began to hyperventilate when she laid eyes on the letter. “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.”
James Begley, Max’s dad, is concerned for his child’s personal safety, stating, “If someone is sick enough to not only have those thoughts, but to write those thoughts out and then to mail them,” he said, “(then) they should be considered dangerous. We are all concerned.”
When news of the letter leaked out, the community rallied around the family. Some neighbors even went door-to-door to inform folks in the surrounding area about the letter and to observe the body language of any potential suspects, so that they could pass their suspicions on to Durham police, who are investigating the matter.
Meanwhile, Max, who is described by his family as being a happy child, has been surrounded by camera crews, press, and countless supporters and is reportedly excited about all of the brouhaha surrounding the case. When he stepped out of his grandma’s house on Sunday and was met by cheers, “Maxwell did his little happy dance,” Begley laughingly told the Toronto Star.