While there may be another side to the story, the letter writer suggests that the community would be better off ...if the child was euthanized...No Excuse for that. Any parent dealing with autistic and/or special needs children would be strained and drained, and probably doing the very best she could. With all the government cut-backs, there are most likely less resources to help her out.
When we were out with Darrel closer to the end, I heard grumbling from people about the extra time it took THEM to get somewhere because of his wheelchair, or comment on the junk food he was eating (we were just thankful he was eating anything). I guess they thought "Out of Sight, Out of Mind". They had no idea what we were dealing with day in and day out. The physical and mental toll the disease (not to mention the drugs) took on his body and the sanity of our entire family should not have been taken lightly by an Outsider. Darrel did get away with some behaviour the girls wouldn't because of the situation, not because of questionable parenting. We did what we could, how ever we could...when we could. I never considered Darrel to be a "Special Needs" Child, but a child...MY CHILD, who needed help.
Considerate and Caring people should not and would not turn their backs on a child in need. This Letter Writer needs to look themselves in the mirror before they judge others. To suggest this mother keep the child locked up or kill her child so some other lady can enjoy a quiet morning coffee on her front porch is intolerable...regardless of the other circumstances!
Link to Report by CityTV: http://www.citynews.ca/2013/08/18/family-in-shock-after-hate-letter-targets-teen-with-autism/
Link to Article on Yahoo: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/ontario-police-aware-hateful-letter-telling-family-euthanize-171036930.html