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The family of a boy with severe autism in Canada is devastated after receiving an anonymous hate filled letter from a neighbor saying that the family should "do the right thing" and "move or euthanize” their child. The typed letter was slipped under the boy's grandmother's door in Newcastle, Ontario where 13-year-old Maxwell Begley spends the mornings during the summer time. The letter, signed by, "One pissed off mother!!!!!"goes on a hate filled rant.
Part of the letter reads:
"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!!!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!!!
Go live in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid!!!"
Begley's mother, Kara, is understandably upset. "It made me sick to my stomach to think that somebody hated my son that much and they didn't even know him," Kara told the Toronto Star. "But they just hated him because he was different. That's the only reason they had to hate him."
Below is a a photo of the letter from @lennonandmaisy on Twitter who claims to be a close family friend.
A close family friend has an autistic boy and this was an anonymous letter slipped under her door. This is real. pic.twitter.com/VyRb2oqPrG— Lennon and Maisy (@lennonandmaisy) August 19, 2013
However, as you can see in the City News report below, the community is rallying around Maxwell and the Begley's.
According to the Toronto Star, Durham Regional Police are investigating the incident and the Begley's hope whoever wrote the letter is charged.