There are thousands of brave little boys and girls in our nation battling different mental disorders on a daily basis. One of them being Autism, which one in 50 children in the US has.
To give you perspective of what Autism is, it’s a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. It takes real commitment, love, and patience to be the parent of a kid with Autism, usually people will do whatever they can to assist the child, well such is not the case for an empty hearted women in Newcastle, Ontario.
13 year old Maxwell Begley who is autistic lives with his parents in Oshawa, and stays at his grandmother Brenda Millson’s house in the mornings during the summer in Newcastle. Late Friday evening, Brenda received a devastating, gut wrenching, hateful letter that was slipped under her door; it was from an anonymous writer, who claims to live in the neighborhood. She complained about the noises the boy makes and wrote that the boy was a “hindrance to everyone.”
Words cannot describe the evilness that this woman has in her heart, to go this far to voice her opinion about an Autism young boy. The boy’s mom Karla Begley read the letter and had this to say about it.
“It made me sick to my stomach to think that somebody hated my son that much and they didn’t even know him, But they just hated him because he was different. That’s the only reason they had to hate him,” Begley told The Star. “After I finished reading it, I was crying and shaking.”
A local resident Julie Smith who is also friends with the Begley family voiced her opinion on this issue. “Everyone seemed rather appalled by it; one lady burst into tears a friend and I 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.
Newcastle residents are trying to label this as a hate crime but the Crown Attorney’s office says despite the hateful language used, the content of the letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime. However, the Durham Regional Police stated Criminal Code issues are being considered according to The Star.
The story has been re-posted and re-tweeted over 1 million times in just the last 3 days, and with even though all of this attention is circling around the Begley family and the surrounding community, it does not seem to be effecting the high spirited teenager.
“He doesn’t know anything about the letter, he loves the attention, he thinks he’s famous,” 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.
Family of boy with autism gets hate letter
The family of a 13-year-old boy with autism in Canada received an anonymous letter filled with hateful words.