Ontario police are aware of a disgusting letter sent to a woman caring for an autistic child by another woman who wanted the "wild animal kid" out of her neighbourhood, even if it meant killing the child. The hateful letter was reportedly sent last week to a resident of Newcastle, Ont., just east of Toronto, who hosts her 13-year-old grandson, Max, during summer days. Mother Karley Begley spoke with CityNews and broke down in tears as she tried to read the letter. The letter was re-posted on Twitter by Lennon and Maisy, a young Ontario singing duo who also star
Comments: This is causing lots of FB and Twitter chatter. I have no doubt this hateful person will be identified ...
While the letter is certainlky mean, nasty, and despicable, I have serious problems with the police tracking the author down and having them lynched in the media over it if there is no evidence that the author will cause any harm to the child. People can be nasty and have nasty opinions. It´s not national or international news, nor should it expose people to an international lynching for being nasty and insensitive. I´m fine with the neighbors dealing with it by shunning he author and so on, not the entire Internet demanding their head on a pike.
Who says the writer is going to be arrested? Although I wouldn´t be that confident that he or she didn´t break the law. It seems that it´s practically impossible to lead even a blameless life without breaking SOME law in some way, so don´t be so very certain that a cagey way with words is enough to keep this person out of trouble. And the job of the police is not solely to arrest criminals; if this person is as demented as the letter indicates, "investigating" is just what I think a responsible police force should do, to make sure this isn´t someone who also puts out rat poison because the neighbor´s dogs bark too much and the cats keep coming into their yard. This much venom and hatred, actually committed to paper and hand-delivered, is not something we should just shrug and figure is part of the great, rich tapestry of modern life, to be accepted as ordinary.
I have 2 autistic sons; if I got a letter like this, I´d feel VERY threatened, by someone nearby who´s observed my children intently and expressed a wish to see them come to harm. Of course I´d call the police, and I´d be outraged if they just shrugged it off and told me to forget it. I might just start investigating on my own, and you can see where the trouble in THAT could lie. I don´t see what other course of action the police could take.
Do you also agree that people should be silenced by the police for expressing anti-homosexual opinions because gays and lesbians, who do have a legitimate history of being abused and killed for being gay and lesbian, feel threatened by such comments? Do you approve of gay rights group using lists of donors to anti-gay marriage political groups to shame and persecute the people making such donations? How about Muslims who feel threatened by nasty comments critical of Islam?
Nobody likes to be the target of nasty comments, but that doesn´t warrant police action or an international Internet lynching any more than the wailing of the autistic making life uncomfortable for the letter writer warranted their call for euthanasia or other nastiness. Just because you don´t like what someone else says doesn´t make a jihad against them justified. Given all the politically correct crusades against conservatives for saying something a liberal thought was mean or threatening and all the rioting of Muslims over perceived slights of their religion, I expect conservatives to recognize the danger of criminalizing and persecuting nasty comments on the grounds that it might be a sign that the person will do something violent.
And if you trust the police to "just investigate", ask the guy who made the anti-Mohammed film that Obama blamed Benghazi on how that worked out for him and take a look at what´s happened to comedians in Canada (where this took place) who made disparaging comments to some lesbian hecklers or to Mark Steyn for comments critical of Islam. Once the lynch mob gets rolling, it rarely stops without someone getting locked up or worse. What exactly would you like to see happen to this neighbor?
"Who says the writer is going to be arrested? Although I wouldn´t be that confident that he or she didn´t break the law. It seems that it´s practically impossible to lead even a blameless life without breaking SOME law in some way, so don´t be so very certain that a cagey way with words is enough to keep this person out of trouble."
So the police should be able to find something that they can persecute this person over, just like the guy who made the anti-Muhammed film, right? No, no threats to free speech and liberty here. Trust the police. The police are your friend. Only bad people get persecuted and locked away.
#10, There is a world of difference between ´nasty comments´ and a personal letter, filled with vicious and malicious statements directed specifically at a member of one´s family - particularly a child.
T]hey should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!!
Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!! Either way, we are ALL better off!!!
While that may not rise to the level of a criminal threat, I would consider it an indication of a potentially dangerous level of anger. #1 is absolutely correct. This is not something a normal person would do. If I were on the receiving end of this letter, I would be afraid for my child.
What should happen to this neighbor is she should at least be identified, so that other neighbors have the opportunity of knowing who they are - or aren´t - associating with. Then let the neighborhood decide who is the undesirable nuisance. Perhaps the author of the letter would find it preferable to live in a trailer in the woods herself.
"What exactly would you like to see happen to this neighbor? "
I would like to see a sign posted on their front lawn, reading, "Poison Pen Letter Writer Lives Here. Supports the killing of inferior humans" Public shunning is the correct response, but we can´t shun someone unless we know who they are. Freedom of speech doesn´t mean freedom to lie, and Poison Pen is lying - she´s hiding behind her anonymity, pretending she´s like all the respectable people around her who DIDN´T write that disgusting letter. I´m not concerned with making life easy and comfortable for liars. She can have her opinion, and the public scorn that goes with it. Hunt her down and expose her.
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