Canadian police have announced a criminal investigation to determine what charges they may bring against the woman who wrote an angry letter complaining about the presence of an autistic boy in her neighborhood.
The letter was sent to 13-year-old Max Begley’s grandmother’s house in Ontario, according to his mother, Karla Begley, who pasted it on her Facebook page on Friday.
When Begley shared the letter she wrote, “can’t stop crying, so mad,” as the missive asked the family to “move or euthanize him.”
The letter, signed anonymously by “one pissed off mother,” read in part, “the noise he makes when he’s outside … scares the hell out of my normal kids,” and called Max a “wild animal kid.”
The almost 400-word letter continued, “I HATE people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment!!!”
The Durham Regional Police said in a statement Tuesday that while a criminal investigation is being pursued, "despite the hateful language used … the content of the letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime."
The statement did not say whether the department had located the author, but asked for new information that residents might know.
Two young stars of the TV show Nashville, Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella tweeted picture a copy of the offensive note from their joint twitter account on Sunday, writing that Begley is a “close family friend.”
As of Wednesday, the post had been re-tweeted over 10,000 times.
Begley said on her Facebook page on Monday that the family expected to “hear something soon” from prosecutors. “All the support has been amazing. My faith in humanity has been restored,” she wrote.