A Canadian community has been rocked after a family in Newcastle received an anonymous hate letter about their autistic boy, Max Begley. The autistic boy hate letter was addressed to the 13-year-old boy's grandmother and written by "one pissed-off mother," who complained about the noises Begley made when playing outside. The shocking hate letter also called the autistic boy a "nuisance," said he would never be married or loved, and suggested him being euthanized and having "whatever non retarded body parts he possesses...donate it to science."
Begley and his family live in Oshawa, but he spends mornings with his grandmother, Brenda Millson, during the summer months in the town of Newcastle. Millson posted and shared the whole letter with CityNewsToronto. "That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL! It scares the hell out of my normal children!" read part of the anonymous note. "No employer will hire him, no normal girl is going to marry/love him and you are not going to live forever! Do everyone in our community (sic) huge a favor and MOVE! Go live in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid! Nobody wants you living here and they don't have the guts to tell you!"
Begley's mother, Karla, suffers from multiple sclerosis and it keeps her from walking and running with her son. She expressed outrage at the letter and said she was in tears after reading it. His father, Jim, said the family plans to press charges if the anonymous writer is exposed and is concerned the letter might lead to violence against his son. "A person that's that crazy or demented who would fabricate something like that — it leads me to believe they're very dangerous," said Jim. "And right now I'm scared for my son's safety."
However, the Oshawa community is rallying around the family. More than 120 students stood outside and cheered for Begley when he left his house as a television crew came to interview the family last weekend. Autism advocates have also reached out to the family over the last few days. "For every one jerk, there's a hundred good people. But that one jerk cuts you to the core," said Judy Mead, founder and board president of Home Base Durham, a new group to support parents of adult children with autism."
Begley suffers from a form of autism that leaves him primarily non-verbal. He knows the alphabet and a few words. Karla said that he makes happy noises when excited, much like a baby might coo, and often makes noises to drown out background stimulation when he is overwhelmed.