Karma Is Coming To Bite The Person Who Wrote The Hateful Letter To The Parents Of Autistic Child!
When I first saw the letter the other day I was literally in tears. But this restores my faith in humanity.
Newcastle community reaching out after “disturbing” hate letter lambasts boy with autism
Police investigating anonymous letter that suggests boy be euthanized
Maxwell BegleyJason Liebregts / Metroland file photo
CLARINGTON -- The community is rallying around a boy with severe autism and his family after they received a hate letter from an anonymous Newcastle neighbour.
“I hope they don’t give up on Newcastle. I hope some good comes of it. It’s really heartening to see the community rallying. 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.
The letter starts by complaining about the boy being allowed outside and the noises he makes. It goes on to call him a hindrance who will never be employed or married.
“Personally, they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone,” said the letter writer who signed off ‘one pissed off mother’.
(The letter) felt very Hilter-esq to me -- ‘This person is different so he should be hated, feared and killed.’” Judy Mead, founder of Home Base Durham
The writer goes on to say the family should live in the woods with the “wild animal kid” or euthanize him.
Durham Region Police spokeswoman Jodi MacLean said a police report was filed on the “very disturbing” letter on Friday, Aug. 16. She said police are consulting with the Crown’s office to get a legal opinion on the investigation.
“We want people to understand that we’re taking it seriously,” said Ms. MacLean.
Ms. Mead lives in Newcastle with her autistic son who is now in his early 20s. She moved from Toronto 12 years ago after a neighbour complained her son was being too loud in the pool. In Clarington she said her neighbours have been angels.
She doesn’t know the family but plans to reach out to them.
“You have to be so brave to go out in public because people give you funny looks. It’s emotionally debilitating. Your world gets smaller and smaller,” said Ms. Mead. “(The letter) felt very Hilter-esq to me -- ‘This person is different so he should be hated, feared and killed’.”
Ms. Mead said autism is a spectrum, with some cases more severe than others.
Her son has classic complex autism -- non-verbal and behaviour that’s not considered socially acceptable. She said when excited her son makes happy noises, much like a baby might coo.
She explained that many people with autism can be overwhelmed by the noises in the environment and make their own noises to drown out the background stimulation.
“It’s like being in the middle of the CNE 24/7 ... My son he’s loud. He starts jumping on the trampoline now he’s happy and twice as loud. I can run around and shush him -- and when we’re out I do -- but at home I don’t want to,” said Ms. Mead.
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