Karla Begley: mother of autistic son Max told to 'euthanize' her child in hate letter
Josh Frigerio, ABC15
4:51 PM, Aug 20, 2013
11:41 PM, Aug 20, 2013
TORONTO - A hate-fueled letter encouraging the mother of an autistic son to "euthanize him" has made its rounds on the internet after it was posted to Twitter over the weekend.
An image of the letter was posted on Twitter from
Lennon and Maisy who star in ABC's "Nashville" and said that the victim's mother was "a close family friend."
As of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the image had been retweeted over 9300 times along with several people leaving their disgust for the author of the letter.
The letter states, "You have a kid that is mentally handicapped and you consciously decided that it would be a good idea to live in a close proximity to a neighborhood like this???"
It continues to describe the boy as a "nuisance", a "problem" and an "idiot."
The author of the letter then tells the mother to take her son to the park to rid the neighborhood of the boy's apparent "noise polluting whaling" that "scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!!"
In an interview on
CityNews Toronto , an emotional Karla Begley, the boys mother, asks, "Who say's that about a child?"
Her son, 13-year-old Max, suffers from autism and stays with his grandmother in the mornings during the summer. The letter was addressed to her home in Newcastle, Ontario.
The letter continues, "You had a retarded kid, deal with it ... properly!!!!! What right do you have to do this to hard working people!!!!!!! I HATE people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment!!!"
"Right now, I'm scared for my son's safety," said Jim Begley, the boy's father, according to CityNews Toronto. Authorities have been contacted and are investigating the letter and the threat.