An anonymous letter slipped under the door of the grandmother of a 13-year-old autistic boy in Ontario, Canada has ignited an internet firestorm. The letter, breathtaking in its cruelty and inhumanity, reads:
“To the lady living at this address:
I also live in this neighborhood and have a problem!!! 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 neighborhood like this???? You selfishly put your kid outside everyday and let him be a nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling he constantly makes!!! That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!! It scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!! When you feel your idiot kid needs fresh air, take him to our park you dope!!! We have a nature trail!! Let him run around those places and make noise!!!!!! Crying babies, music and even barking dogs are normal sounds in a residential neighborhood!!!!! He is NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He is a hindrance to everyone and will always be that way!!!!! Who the hell is going to care for him?????? 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. 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!!! GOD!!!!!!
Do everyone in our community huge a favor and MOVE!!!! VAMOSE!!! SCRAM!!!! Move away and get out of this type of neighborhood setting!!! Go live in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid!!! Nobody wants you living here and they don’t have the guts to tell you!!!!!
Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!! Either way, we are ALL better off!!!
One pissed off mother!!!!!”
Apparently the boy plays outside of his grandmother’s house most weekends. It’s not hard to imagine that the child, whose name is Max, may sometimes be irritatingly loud or obnoxious (children do tend to be that way, at times), but it’s hard to understand the anger and hostility that the letter-writer harbors, as well as the fact that she feels comfortable spewing that anger and hatred out at the world, even if she does choose to remain anonymous.
Max’s mother says she feels threatened by the letter and has contacted the local police, who are investigating. Meanwhile, as the letter went viral (a photocopy was tweeted by friends of the family who are apparently Youtube-famous musicians), the local community has rallied around Max; about 100 people showed up at the house on Sunday to express support for the boy and disgust with the “pissed off mother.” Many are hoping that the letter-writer will be exposed, something that would undoubtedly have a very negative effect on the “mother” and his/her life (I take with a grain of salt the claims that the letter writer makes to being female and a mother; they may or may not be true). Just a reminder that even when you go the old fashioned route, and slip a note under someone’s door, you can still become internet-infamous if your behavior is egregious enough. The letter-writer could also use a refresher on The Golden Rule and perhaps some anger-management classes. Oh, and investing in some cheap earplugs wouldn’t hurt her, either.
Jennie has contributed to Imperfect Women since its inception in 2009. She writes about politics, celebrity news, and anything else that catches her interest.