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#1 Hum

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 23:04

A hate-filled letter received by a family in Canada telling them to move out of the neighborhood or euthanize their autistic son has gone viral, prompting a flood of support for the family.

The letter began to receive attention after being posted on the Twitter account of Brad and MaryLynne Stella, the married couple that comprise the country duo The Stellas. Their daughters, Lennon, 14, and Maisy Stella, 9, who star as Maddie and Daphne Conrad on the hit TV show “Nashville,” also posted the photo to their joint Twitter account.

The tweet from @TheStellas read: “This letter was anonymously slipped to our good friend regarding her autistic boy Max. This is appalling.”

The tweet from @LennonandMaisy read: “A close family friend has an autistic boy and this was an anonymous letter slipped under her door. This is real.”

Both tweets included links to photos of the letter.

The Stellas are family friends of Karla Begley, whose autistic son Max is the target of the letter. They initially became aware of the letter after seeing posts about it on Karla’s Facebook page.  

“Karla was talking about it on Facebook, so we just obviously were upset by it and knew that it needed to be shared,” MaryLynne, 39, Stella told FoxNews.com. “And awareness is key to change, and so we thought it would be a good thing to put it up and have people see how disturbing it was.”

The letter demands that Begley take action over her "retarded" son Max.  The Ontario mother said she had no idea who would send such a hateful letter, which left her family shocked and devastated.

She tearfully told City News: "Who would do this to a child?"

The letter goes on to criticize Begley for allowing Max to play outside and says: "That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!! It scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!"

The letter also tells Karla that she has a "retarded kid" and "should deal with it properly".

 

The writer finishes by demanding the family "go live in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid!!!" and asks the family to do the right thing and move or "euthanize him. Either way, we are ALL better off!!!"

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#2 +warwagon

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 23:20

I think someone needs a good beat down!



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 23:24

Can we euthanize the writer?



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 23:27

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

 

I've heard many 'normal' children that scared the hell out of me. :s



#5 Gerowen

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 23:31

Sounds like the writer needs a good ol' fashioned ass whoopin'.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:36

Geez, someone needs euthanizing, but it isn't the child...



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:43

Horrifying. Agreed with the comments about euthanising the sender of the letter.. what an animal :| 



#8 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:45

That's just disgusting... I hope whoever wrote that is found out and publicly vilified, as well as prosecuted!



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:45

While the writer is really a piece of crap human being, I can understand their frustration. If you've never worked with autistic children before, you don't know how bad they can get. If this kid is making unusual, loud noises (or screaming) all hours of the day or night, I can see that wearing thin very quickly. Depending on where this kid is on the spectrum.

 

Obviously, sending an ignorant, hate-filled letter demanding the kid be killed is completely wrong and disgusting, but the family does have an obligation to the neighborhood. If the neighbors have a problem with the family, they should have talked to them face to face, or if all else fails, talk to the town council or mayor about it.



#10 +Nik L

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:47

What a thoroughly vile human being!



#11 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:48

^ My son has Aspergers Syndrome, on the Autistic spectrum.  Fairly mild, but he's prone to making odd noises and acting strangely at times.  No one in my neighbourhood bats an eye.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 13:01

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The letter in full. 



#13 +Nik L

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 13:06

No one in my neighbourhood bats an eye.

 

Because the are decent human beings.  The vile piece of junk (watching my tone and biting my tongue here due to warns) is the one who has no place in society.

 

That letter is one of the most hateful and disgusting things I have read.  The writer has issues!



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 13:07

######? Some people can be exceedingly cruel. The fact a mother wrote this makes it all the more disturbing.

 

 

( I know this is trivial, but what is with all of the !!!!!!! in the letter?)



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 13:08

( I know this is trivial, but what is with all of the !!!!!!! in the letter?)

 

Some people feel that by over-using punctuation, it makes their point irrefutable.  It actually just means that they suck at English!