An alarming piece of hate mail targeting a young autistic boy, Maxwell Begley, of Canada has gone viral and sparked outrage for the hateful statements made by its author, who claimed that no one would ever love or employ Begley, and that he should be euthanized.
According to TheStar.com, a stranger typed the letter and sent it in an envelope to Begley, who lives in Oshawa, but stays at his grandmother’s home in Newcastle. The writer of the letter, who says he or she is from his grandmother’s Newcastle neighborhood, said Maxwell is a “noise polluting whaling [sic]” that “scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!
“You selfishly put your kid outside everyday [sic] and let him be nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else,” the letter read. “When you feel your idiot kid needs fresh air, take him to our park you dope!!!
“He is a hindrance to everyone and will always be that way!!!!!” the letter continued. “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!!!”
The letter goes on to mention the “HATE” the writer feels for “people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment.” The letter concludes asking Begley’s grandmother to “move” and “go live in a trailer in the woods…with your wild animal kid.”
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Karla Begley, the boy’s mother, said her 13-year-old son Max often stays with his grandmother, Brenda Millson, because Begley suffers from multiple sclerosis. The mother said she is upset over the letter, but her son is enjoying his new fame, unbeknownst to him that the letter was full of hate.
“It made me sick to my stomach to think that somebody hated my son that much and they didn’t even know him,” Begley told The Star. “But they just hated him because he was different. That’s the only reason they had to hate him.
“He doesn’t know anything about the letter,” she continued. “He loves the attention, he thinks he’s famous.”
Millson said: “After I finished reading it, I was crying and shaking.”
According to The Star, Durham Region police are investigating to see if any laws were broken with the letter. However, Begley has generated a lot of support from his community, thanks to neighbor Julie Smith.
“Everyone seemed rather appalled by it; one lady burst into tears,” Smith said of the letter, adding that she and a friend canvassed the neighborhood to raise awareness. “We didn’t run into any suspicious characters. If we do find out, we can’t be vigilantes, we have to call the police and let them deal with it.” Smith said she posted the news on Facebook and brought about 120 people to rally for Maxwell.
Begley’s mother said that upon seeing the support from his community, her son did “his little happy dance".
“He just jumps up and down and flaps his arms, and gave everyone high fives,” Begley said.
Both Maxwell’s grandmother and mother hope that the hate mail raises awareness for those with autism who are bullied for their condition.
“People with kids with autism, they don’t get any help. People think they do … the government doesn’t give any help. They do when they’re little; when they get older they think you don’t need help. You need it just as much, maybe more,” Millson said.
“If they don’t like different people, they should move away and be a hermit, because life is full of unexpected stuff, and that’s what makes it interesting,” Begley said. “That’s what I say to my husband every day.”