I read an article today about a Canadian family that received a letter from a neighbor. The letter was a hate mail letter directed towards their autistic son. Their teenage son, severely autistic, sounds a lot like mine. I cringed and was sickened by this quote in the article:
The neighbor claimed that Karla Begley’s 13-year-old son, Max, is a “nuisance and a problem…with that noise polluting whaling [sic] he constantly makes!!!” The neighbor also goes on to call the boy an “idiot”, “retarded” and a “wild animal kid,” and suggests they should euthanize the boy. - fox19
You can read the entire article yourself, at the link above. I am constantly surprised out how mean spirited people can be. How ignorant, and uncaring they can be. My heart and prayers go out to this family that received such a horrid letter. I would be scared for my child if I had received it.
There are so many kind and thoughtful people out there. I come across them everyday. So, when I saw this article, it was shocking to me. I know I tend to isolate my family. We have a small group of friends, and we tend to be in our own world when we are out in public. Over the last 14 years, I have gotten used to ignoring the strange looks from people that cross our paths. I focus on my son and making sure he doesn’t see them. It’s difficult. I can’t protect him from everything.
Still, the letter written to this Canadian family is completely beyond anything I have had to deal with. I hope that they find out who it is, and are able to take legal action. No one should be on the receiving end of such a horrid letter. I’ll send up an extra prayer for Karla and her son Max.