Hate letter aimed at autistic boy's family galvanizes support for family

Letter chides family for letting boy outside

NEWCASTLE, Canada - An anonymous hate letter written about a 13-year-old boy who suffers from autism has galvanized support for the boy from neighbors and, now, a global community.

CityNews, in Canada, reported Sunday about Max , who was diagnosed with severe autism at age 2.

The boy stays with his grandmother, Brenda Millson, in the morning during the summer. The letter was received at that home last Friday, CityNews reported.

The letter, signed by "one pissed off mother," chides Max's family for letting the boy outside.

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."

"That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!! It scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!" part of the letter read.

The letter's insults continue and get more personal from there.

"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," part of the letter read. "What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!"

"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!!!"

A picture of the letter was tweeted from the account of Lennon and Maisy Stella , who star on ABC's "Nashville." In the tweet, Lennon and Maisy described themselves as "a close family friend" of Max's family.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the image had been retweeted nearly 10,000 times along with several people leaving their disgust for the author of the letter.

Since that tweet and the CityNews story went viral, support for Max and his family has grown, but the contents of the letter still hurt deeply.

"The more you go on, the worse it gets," said Karla Begley, Max's mother. "It ends with having him euthanized. Who says that about a child?"

The letter ends with, "Do the right thing and move or euthanize him. Either way, we are all better off!" the letter concludes.

"I was shaking when I was reading it," Millson said. "It's awful words, terrible."

People who live near Max have come out in support of him and the family.

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