Vile letter goes viral on Facebook, Twitter
Facebook and Twitter lit up with outrage this week, after a family posted an anonymous letter that had been left at its door in Newcastle, Ontario. The letter, targeting the family's autistic child, called for him to be euthanized.
The neighbour complained that the 13 year old boy was allowed outside, saying that she was irritated by noises she heard when he was in the yard. “You selfishly put your kid outside every day,” she wrote (Max’s mother suffers from MS and is unable to walk or run with him in the park). The letter called him “a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling (sic) he constantly makes!!!”
“Personally, they should take whatever non-retarded body parts he possesses and donate it[sic] to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!” the neighbour continued.
"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!!!!! Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!!” said the letter's author, who, while having a hate-on for the rest of humanity and good spelling, seems to have a love affair with exclamation marks.
In an interview, Karla Begley, the mother of 13 year-old Max, was visibly upset by the horrid letter. “Who says that about a child?” she asked.
The neighbourhood has gathered together to show support for Max, and is also hoping to track down the perpetrator.
The vile message raises an interesting question. Should the community track down the original poster and shame them? If that succeeds, what happens then? Or do we simply ignore them, taking away their power?
Max’s father Jim Begley makes a good point. “It leads me to believe that they’re very dangerous, and now I’m scared for my son’s safety,” he said.
Police have looked into the matter, although they have been advised by the Crown Attorney’s office that the content of the letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime. "However, there are other Criminal Code issues that are being considered," the police said.
What would you say to the anonymous neighbour, if identified?Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets