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article imageLetter to autistic boy's family says 'move or euthanize him'

By Mike White     Aug 20, 2013 in World
The family of a teenager with autism in Canada has received a letter saying the family should euthanize him or move out of the area.
A 13-year-old autistic boy in Canada and his family received an anonymous letter Friday saying the family should leave the local neighborhood and move into the woods, or euthanize the teenager. The letter also stated nobody will ever love the autistic teenager or give him a job, according to the
“It made me sick to my stomach to think that somebody hated my son that much and they didn't even know him,” the boy, Maxwell’s mother, Karla Begley, said according to the Toronto Star, as reported in the article. “They just hated him because he was different.”
Although the letter may have been intended for Maxwell and his parents, the boy has not read it. Kara Begley said the boy has noticed that he has received more attention than normal, saying “he thinks he’s famous.”
Maxwell lives with his mother In Oshawa. The teenager reportedly likes go-karts, the movie, Grease, and trampolines.
“You selfishly put your kid outside every day and let him be nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling he constantly makes!!!” the letter reportedly said, according to “That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!!”
The letter also reportedly said “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 … to science.”
The family received the letter at the house of Maxwell’s grandmother in New Castle, Ontario, according to the According to reports, Begley could not keep from crying as she read the part about euthanizing her son. She also said she was concerned for the safety of her family and contacted the police. She would like to press charges, if that is possible. Reports say the local neighborhood has rallied around the family after the incident. According to the article in the, the police are investigating the incident.
The original note was reportedly sent, according to portions of the letter by a woman, who claimed to be “one pissed off mother.” It has been retweeted on Twitter 2,600 times. Reportedly readers called it “evil,” a “shame” and “hateful.”
“'A person that's that crazy or demented who would fabricate something like leads me to believe that they're very dangerous,” Jim Begley, the boy’s father said, according to “And right now I'm scared for my son's safety." He said he will press charges if the letter writer can be found.
“Despite the hateful language used, the Crown Attorney’s office has advised that the content of the letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime,” a press statement from the Durham Regional Police said Tuesday morning, according to “However, there are other Criminal Code issues that are being considered.”
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