Ontario police probe hateful letter sent to autistic child's family

Posted By: Canadian Press · 8/19/2013 5:11:00 PM

An Ontario woman whose autistic grandson was the target of a hateful letter is describing the words written as sickening.

Brenda Millson says she opened her mail on Friday to find a letter that tells her family to "go live in a trailer in the woods,'' and even suggests her 13-year-old grandson be euthanized.

She says she immediately reported the letter to police.

Millson's grandson lives with his parents and older brother in nearby Oshawa, Ont., but the boy has been visiting her home in Newcastle.

She says the hate-filled letter left everyone in shock but the family hopes the case will raise awareness of the support needed by autistic children.

Millson adds her neighbourhood has rallied around the family.

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  1. LYDIA posted on 08/19/2013 07:11 PM
    I feel sorry for those so called normal kids,They have an abnormal mother .She belongs in the woods,as prey.
    This is appalling My heart goes out for the grandmother.
  2. Luc Champagne posted on 08/19/2013 07:22 PM
    If caught this individual should be prosecuted for hate crime and locked up. And one can only hope someone rat's her out.
  3. Rob posted on 08/19/2013 08:02 PM
    My faith in humanity has hit a new all-time low after reading that letter. My only hope is that this is some sort of cruel joke and that the woman who wrote it isn't actually serious... but I fear that it is genuine.

    I cannot think of words strong enough to describe the woman who wrote this, but "wretched scum" will have to suffice for now.
  4. Amelia posted on 08/19/2013 08:39 PM
    To the family, I'm so sorry this has happened to you and your family.It still shocks me that there are so many uneducated and ill mannered people out there.They have no idea how much work it takes to raise a child with any type of needs.My 11yrs old son deals with hateful comments from so many kids at school.Its hard for a mom to keep up with the fight sometimes.I hope the hate stops for you and your family,be strong for one another.I can't promise you that it will get better but as long as you have a good support system,and LOVE for him and all that surround him he will have a beautiful life.Amelia and Family
  5. Barbara Shamy posted on 08/19/2013 08:58 PM
    There are not too many things that still have the power to horrify me, but this woman's attitude is terrible? horrible? unbelievable? She is so full of anger and hate. She obviously believes it's acceptable to disseminate pain and intolerance. Her behavior is abusive in the extreme. Certainly I would not want to be a neighbour to someone so lacking in compassion. And ... I feel for any children having to to endure such a mother.
  6. k Fletcher posted on 08/20/2013 12:09 AM
    It takes a person with a very small mind to make comments like that, but Karma will pay her back. I feel very sorry for those clildren she has and what they have to live with. The pissed off mother is a poor excuse for a human being.
  7. Anne-Marie posted on 08/20/2013 09:12 AM
    I hope the police opens an investigation about this letter and that this psycho lady has left finger prints on the letter so that we can find her and put her in jail !
  8. Ida posted on 08/20/2013 11:39 AM
    I can not believe I am reading this ! The only "not normal " person here is the woman who wrote this letter.
  9. peter posted on 08/20/2013 01:14 PM
    To: "One pissed off mother":

    I guess we should have hidden Helen Keller in a trailer somewhere in the woods as well. She was unable to hear, see or communicate with verbal language. It is also my understanding that she was only able to utter gutteral sounds as well. Must have made a lot of kids uncomfortable to be around her. How useless she must have been! Oh, did I mention that she graduated from Radcliffe College? Or that in 1920 she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union? Or that in 1964 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson? Or that in 1999 Ms. Keller was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame? ...and, oh yeah, that she published 12 books as well as many magazine articles?

    To the person who wrote this very revealing hate letter.....it's too bad that they were unable to harvest Ms. Keller's "non-retarded" spirit, heart and soul and implant them in you.....on second thought, nah, even if they had you probably still would not have been able to spell, speak or even feel "Spirit, love and compassion...".
    My heart goes out to your "normal" children. Be well.
  10. Jack posted on 08/20/2013 04:18 PM
    I agree with the author. Have you never had a noisy neighbor or been somewhere peaceful where some parents let their kids run wild oblivious to the annoyance their kids are causing?
  11. Gwen posted on 08/20/2013 04:23 PM
    And how gutless is it to write such a hateful letter and not put your name on it?
  12. will posted on 08/20/2013 04:31 PM
    If I seen the woman that wrote that letter I'd gladly go to jail for a couple of months after I smack her in the face a couple of times.
  13. karen posted on 08/20/2013 05:10 PM
    How ignorant can some people be...and evil. There are no words that can be printed to describe the insensitivity of this individual. I hope her children develop empathy and compassion towards all human beings and do not follow in their mother's footsteps.
  14. Montreal Mattitude posted on 08/20/2013 08:31 PM
    Love the punctuation, as well as how the kid is supposedly causing noise pollution by "whaling" - I guess that harpooning an orca would probably be a loud activity! :P
    In all seriousness, I hope that this is just a sick joke - one that is in incredibly bad taste! If not, then words cannot express how shameful this letter actually is!
  15. ed posted on 08/20/2013 10:45 PM
    Its pretty sad to hear about things like this also just as sad as Jack complaining about kids playing and having fun I can picture Jack being like the neighbor on our street...every street has one the grumpy guy or lady that takes little kids balls if they go on the lawn or yells if a child happens to step on the perfect lawn by accident you know the one that has an opinion of everyone....lonely miserable friendless .I enjoy when our street child hater is outside and all the kids are playing being kids its great seeing that miserable person realize that we as parents love our kids and theres nothing that's gonna stop kids from being kids so to Jack I salute you sir for standing up and showing the world theres more than one jackass out there that forgets they were once a kid...We salute you Jack Ass!!! Now go back inside and sit with your blinds closed peering out while you wait to take a kids ball or yell at them for being kids GO JACK GO!!!!!!!!
  16. Leslie posted on 08/20/2013 10:46 PM
    The letter is disgusting without a doubt. I do not give this woman anyone my anger or hate because I know how uneducated she is and how narrow minded and crass she is. I don't hate this woman, I pity her and her children.

    Children who have autism are a gift. I know this because I have been working with them for 15 years and I also have a cousin who has severe autism. I was just speaking with the mother a few days ago too, and she says she wouldn't trade this for anything in the world! Yes they have their days, but lets be honest, all children do, just we adults aren't all sunshine and lollipops either!

    ...to the one who wrote the article, I understand that it's grammatically correct to put the adjective before the noun, however, it is not acceptable to say "autistic children". They are people first, they are not a disability, thus you need to know that in any case you'd put them first, ie: children with autism, a woman who is visually impaired...etc People First!!!
  17. daynet posted on 08/21/2013 12:20 PM
    I was reading comments about this story/letter on another online site and some posters believe that this letter may have been written by a kid or teenager. No adult in his or her right mind could have penned this vitriolic slop unless the spelling mistakes and atrocious punctuation were produced on purpose.

    What exactly is a 'normal' kid, anyway? I tend to be suspicious of those who throw that word around.

    People have their right to enjoy peace and quiet in their neighbourhoods. I am not a child hater at all, nor am I grumpy, but some parents ought to put a lid on their kids' behaviour at times. Note that I said "some" and "at times".

    It's a shame that whoever wrote this letter had to pick on Max.
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