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Evil Neighbor Leaves Anonymous Letter — Calls For Euthanization of Autistic Boy

Our good friends at I Acknowledge Beauty Exists shared a jaw-dropping story yesterday about a horrific letter left under the door of an autistic child’s residence.  From their site:

Karla Begley based in Onatario, Canada is the mother of 13-year-old autistic child Max.   She received an anonymous letter from a neighbor under her door that is simply so horrible … I am at a loss for words.  Watching the video of her crying as she reads this letter from an anonymous neighbor is absolutely heart-wrenching and it makes you really want to help support and defend this family.

Here’s the absolutely sickening letter:
autistic-letter

You can watch a heartbreaking interview with the boy’s mother HERE.

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  • CJ
  • Aurora

    The whole “one pissed off mother” anonymous signing of this letter is bulls**t, well, as is the premise of the whole letter, it’s the same way the KKK used white hoods to hide their faces.

    If your opinion is so strong and you’re willing to say it in such a forthright way, why do you need a f**king mask?

  • Julie S

    I can certainly sympathise with the frustrated woman who wrote the letter but not with the letter itself. My next door neighbour has an autistic child and he can be very loud and annoying at times but, he can’t help that and, I would never unleash a tirade as the author of that letter did… very nasty. Perhaps she should buy about 10 acres to live on so the noise her neighbours make don’t bug her so much.

    Whenever Sean (my ‘special needs’ neighbour) carries on for too long, I just simply say “….. shhhhhhhhh” and he does immediately. No problem. I have a fairly good relationship with all my neighbours and, if there’s ever a ‘problem’, I confront it head on as I would expect them to do the same if/when the shoe’s on the other foot…

    People who write letters like that are cowards, regardless of how empowering it might have felt to HER, I’m sure most of the neighbours who were privy to that letter know exactly who wrote it and probably will view her in a new light now.

    I feel certain Karma will have an extended visit to the author.

  • http://none steve

    i have hi functioning autism i have social problem. i very shy. speech problems. problem writing and spelling. cant write a complete sentence have very few friends most are older then me. and get very depressed to suicide and cant go trough with it girls confuse me i cant read body language or emotion

  • Kasey

    This comment or argument isn’t about being right or wrong. My initial thought to this comment was shock. It made me so sick to my stomach to read this woman’s words and to feel the hate she had toward this innocent individual. One of the most beautiful things in this world is the special gift of life that a mother gives to her children. No matter the case of the child. Whether they are diagnosed with autism, ADHD or whatever it may be, there is nothing more beautiful than the bond a mother shares with her children. People, I am not writing this to receive praise or recognition, I am writing this only because my heart is heavy from the hate and animosity that is being instilled in our youth today. From sea to sea, nation to nation, children are being brought up to hate and abhor different types of people form different races, backgrounds, ethnicities, etc. When is the hate going to stop? When are we going to open our eyes and begin to practice equality towards one another again? I work in the school system and it is so disheartening to see the hate that some of my student’s have towards others. We are all human and we are all flawed. It is our responsibility as the leaders and mentors to the younger generation to take a stand for what is right and to teach and lead by example, so that the generations to come may be able to do this also. My hope and prayer is that for those who read this, that your hearts may be changed, and that you will not pass judgment on others because of how they look, what color they are, or anything that is not deemed worthy in your eyes. Before you crucify and scrutinize someone else, put yourself in their shoes. It is harder to be kind and extend kindness to others, but it pays off so much more in the long run. You never know who is having a worse day than you, you never know what your actions can cause or prevent someone from doing. I challenge all who take the time to read this to extend your love, mercy and kindness to those around you.

  • david

    I doubt she has “normal” children.

  • Nathan

    The thing which I find funny about the outraged commentators, is the fact that either the people getting angry are religious twats, or they are hypocrites.
    The first thing is that if they are religious in nature then they should immediately be ignored because they are using a myth to fuel their ideas.
    The other side is if they are basing their beliefs off of a Darwinian ideology then by all rights the autistic kid should be dead and experimented on.
    SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST PEOPLE!!
    For those who don’t seem to understand, in this situation it means that a woman who bears autistic children obviously isn’t fit to have her genealogy continue and so will continue to bear unfit freaks of nature. Ultimately what should happen is that those kids would be harnessed in a very primordial way. Either experimentation or consumption and yes I do mean cannibalism…

    So to all the butthurt people out there…
    Please choose which side you are and stick with it. and stop bitching about the possible termination of unfit people.

    • Kasey

      Nathan, you are an idiot.

      • Nathan

        So your entire argument is that I am an idiot…
        “well done, sir”
        (claps slowly)

    • GailP

      Perhaps your mom should have had you euthanized for being an ignorant, self-righteous moron.

      • Nathan

        If only…
        lol

    • CJ

      You’re coming along very well in your job as a troll.

      • Nathan

        Stating the truth in plain black and white is being a troll?
        I feel bad for this world then…

    • Bob Cull

      Survival of the fittest is how we came to be the dominant species on the planet, Nathan. Now that we have achieved that position we have advanced to a point where we no longer leave the weak and ill to die, we care for them. You have a poor understanding of evolution and anthropology. Lower species leave the weak to die, more advanced species do not.

      • https://www.facebook.com/rose.bounds.35 Rose Bounds

        Very well said. We are more than mere base animals completely controlled by invisible and unchangeable forces like instinct and genetics. We are thinking breathing Sentient beings capable of making choices. And the noblest choice of all is usually the merciful choice. It is so sad that with so much so called religion faith and spirituality in the world, most of us are still so poor in mercy, compassion, tolerance, kindness, and patience. We all need these things for ourselves, and are free to bestow on others. Together they are the very body of graceful evolution, a far cry from the dog eat dog world of the so called realist.

  • Greg
    • AATTP
      • Greg

        I’m not lying. I posted my proof. Just because YOUR studies don’t agree does not make me a liar.

        There is too much evidence that SOMETHING in vaccines is not good for developing young bodies for us NOT to invoke the Precautionary Principle and take a serious look at doing things differently.

        I would LOVE for there to be found a different and better way to vaccinate. Eliminating thimerisol (sp?) would be a good start. Not giving “mega shots” (multiple vaccines in one go) would be another.

        The system as it stands is broken, and may be hurting our kids. That is unacceptable to me.

        • AATTP

          “Eliminating thimerisol (sp?) would be a good start. Not giving “mega shots” (multiple vaccines in one go) would be another.”

          Not ALL the mods here think those are bad ideas.

          EDIT: As Bob pointed out though, I don’t think Thiomersal is used anymore.

        • Bob Cull

          Your thimerosal argument holds no water, Greg, since it has not been used for 11 years and yet there are new cases of autism diagnosed every year.

          “The myth that mercury in the thimerosal preservative commonly used in vaccines in the U.S. until early 2002 was a major cause of autism is simply the most recent bogeyman used to try to argue that vaccines do more harm than good, as was the scare campaign engineered in response to Andrew Wakefield’s poor science claiming a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Now that study after study have failed to find or corroborate a link between thimerosal in vaccines or vaccines in general and autism…”

          http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/toxic-myths-about-vaccines/

          • Greg

            Yes, I know that, Bob. And it was a step in the right direction. No one is denying that autism can come from a number of different causes. Let’s hope there are no more vials of the older vaccines with the stuff still in circulation.

            On the larger issue, it’s just too much to be a coincidence when mother after mother after mother after mother ALL testify to the same pattern, however: child gets vaccines and within a very short period of time (sometimes less than 24 hours) starts showing signs of systemic distress and develops some form of autism or other neurological disorder.

            There is an old saying in the military: “Once is happenstance, twice is suspicious, and three times is definitely enemy action.”

            How many 100s, how many 1000s of kids have to go down the same road of getting vaccinated and getting debilitated before we admit the truth that is right before our eyes?

          • Bob Cull

            Just a couple of questions, Greg. How do you explain the fact that autism existed prior to vaccines? Would you suggest that we return to the “good old days” when there were regular outbreaks, sometimes reaching epidemic proportions, of diseases such as polio and smallpox because you SUSPECT that there may be a link between vaccination and autism?

          • Greg

            As we both know, Bob, SOME autism has been with us always. There is likely some genetic component to the phenomenon. The modern rise in autism rates, however, MUST reflect an environmental cause along with the rising tide of other medical conditions (cancer, diabetes, et al). We live in an unprecedentedly toxic environment with GMO foods, chemicals everywhere, EM fields, etc. The current regime and schedule of vaccinations represent one more assault on young bodies whose immune response is still developing.

            I’m not suggesting a “return to the ‘bad old days’…” I AM suggesting that we closely examine when, how, and how many vaccines we give our kids. Absolutely we should never again permit thimerisol to enter the vaccine supply. Other ways we might mitigate or prevent the negative outcomes some children ARE experiencing is to space out vaccinations over a longer period and give fewer “supershots” (2 or more vaccines simultaneously).

            I don’t think that is being unreasonable.

          • CJ

            How unusual is it though to see a segment of society with some sort of disability or birth defect? It’s not. You say 1000’s of kids were affected by vaccinations but what about the 10’s of thousands born every year who do not have any adverse affects? You mention the modern raise in autism rates…but we also have to take into consideration that there is a modern raise in population as well which means the numbers of disabilities are going to raise as well.

            I see a push by some groups to do away with vaccinations all together. To do away with vaccinations all together as some would want would leave our children susceptible to diseases that they would not have to get. Look at what the polio vaccine did for children. Vaccines can be extremely effective. I know in my case…I NEVER got measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc even though I was exposed to them as a child and even as an adult. Why would I risk my children being exposed to those without protection? I see them as being one more tool of our modern technology.

    • Wildfire Phoenix

      First of all, what Greg has said on top is true is true Bob.

      Secondly I know of Autism that caused by “vaccine” shots and yes it is true, so there is NO denying it.

      Before anyone starts leaving any nasty comments, do not “drop your bombs” so to speak or just completely turn away. Any nasty or rude comments are going straight to the the Admins, so do not start with the negativty thank you. I don’t appreciate or want it thank you.

      I was made Autistic, because of the mercury and aluminum based vaccinaction shots throughout the 1990s and early 2000. It is the truth, because I changed immdiately after all my vaccinations during those times. The things I have said are true and there is nothing that anyone can say or that to change this

      That letter up on top, what an abomination that “thing” is. No one should ever recieved something like that “thing”. I wonder if her own children will be okay or if they will be just like her. An evil hearted witch, who does not care about things that sometimes happen and can not be controled easily. I really hope that another neighbor does something to defend my friend. Yes I consider that autistic child my friend, cause we autistic people have to unite and defend ourselves.

      I believe the things that I have typed here to be true and there is absolutely nothing anyone can say or do that will change this

      Written by A very, very, very unhappy Autistic person ……

  • Bob

    If this is, in fact, a real letter, I am a reasonably well educated guy, but can’t find the words to describe the loathing I feel for this lowlife woman. Someone alluded to this idiot woman’s public flogging. That would be a good start!

    • https://www.facebook.com/DZhushika Suzanne Nichols

      I agree Bob..words fail me..and to think that a MOTHER wrote these words…smh..

  • jason

    My brother is autistic and this made me so angry my face started twitching

  • https://www.facebook.com/Arayablue52 Linda Simms

    Clearly, this letter writing parasite has the problem. This coward letter writing so-called human is sick and SHE is the one in need of help. I hope and pray the mother and her child continue whatever they were doing before this incredibly insensitive letter reached their door. I hope she just rips it up and ignore it’s racist rant. I hope and pray that the other neighbors rally around this mother and her child so the parasite can see, she is clearly alone in this. I have heard many things that made me go, What??? But this tops it all.

  • Amy

    Sad to read that in this day of “information” at our hands, this mother couldn’t find a way to help out her neighbor. She couldn’t find an ounce of compassion for the child or his family. She couldn’t look beyond herself and her own fears. She couldn’t read up on or learn more about the special needs of this child and his family.

    To the one with the lengthy explanation, thank you for your information. I appreciate learning more.

    To the family this letter was sent to – continue to hold your head up. The woman who wrote this has far more problems than your family will ever have. I raised 3 children to adulthood, 2 with mental health disorders and it was never easy but we did it. I understand your heartache when cruel people like this make sure that you know they don’t like your child. Keep a close eye on your child until the authorities find this sick mother. Her children will most likely mimic her attitude towards your family.

    God does bless us with special needs children so that we may grow and learn as parents and as people. We are lucky to have children who teach us so much!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.lewswander Mark Lewsader

    First, there is no Tea Party in Canada and second, other than the pain the mother is feeling, I really don’t care about Canadian problems…we all know at least one jerk. I understand the correlation you are making to the non caring Tea Party and the Republican’t party’s “It’s my money” attitude. What really irks me is the reference she uses here, calling the child a “retard”. Why do we put up with those terms anymore than ni**er, c*nt, d*ck, f’ing mexican or libtard? I’m wondering what this dumb as* b*tch will do if she finds out that her kid isn’t as smart as some of the other kids in Canada. Will she donate her kids “non retarded parts to science”?

    • Greg

      Just as an aside, I’d add “redneck”, “cracker”, etc to that list, Mark.

      Fair is fair.

    • Bob Cull

      I thought that the point was that there are a-holes no matter where you go, you are never going to outrun them. If there are only five people left on the Earth at least one of them will be an a-hole.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DZhushika Suzanne Nichols

        Lol…Bob Cull..I like your posts…you tell it like it is.. :)

  • http://utube tyler

    I feel the most sorry for the “normal” kids of the letter writer. They are the ones that have to live with this person. I cannot imagine how much hate is being taught in their household.. This was such a cowardly act, and they knew it or they would have signed their name.

  • derek

    This is just sad. I know that sad is a simple word but words can not describe how absolutely horrible this is, things like this are why people loose faith in humanity. To attack the disabled truly makes you the lowest of the low. I hope this poor mother and her child can move past this.

  • Greg

    There’s a woman who deserves a public flogging.

  • Bob Cull

    My sister is a special ed teacher specializing in Autistic children and even if I didn’t already know it she would back me up, I know because we were discussing this just the other day. None of these outlandish theories flies.

    Autism is not caused by injuries or vaccines or environmental toxins. It is a condition they are born with, it just takes a little time for it to present in some cases.

    This neighbor is about as ignorant as one can be and still be able to read and write. There is no correlation between “retardation” and Autism. Retardation isn’t even an accepted term any longer, it has a negative connotation that is undeserved. Autistic individuals are often highly intelligent and able to attain a very successful and nearly normal lifestyle achieving advanced degrees and holding down demanding jobs.

    • debby hood

      You are a favorite of mine, Mr. bob Cull

      • Bob Cull

        Thank you, Debby! :D

      • Bob Cull

        Debby, I thank you for your kind words and then have to come right back and knock down one of your arguments: “One of the biggest myths that antivaccinationists believe and like to use to stoke the fear of vaccines is the concept that they are full of “toxins.” The myth that mercury in the thimerosal preservative commonly used in vaccines in the U.S. until early 2002 was a major cause of autism is simply the most recent bogeyman used to try to argue that vaccines do more harm than good, as was the scare campaign engineered in response to Andrew Wakefield’s poor science claiming a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Now that study after study have failed to find or corroborate a link between thimerosal in vaccines or vaccines in general and autism to the point where even the most zealous of zealots are having a hard time defending the claim that mercury in vaccines cause autism any more, predictably the campaign against vaccines has fallen back on the old “toxins” myth”

        Here’s a link to the full article: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/toxic-myths-about-vaccines/

    • Greg

      Bob, if you look at the rates of autism, they are rising fairly rapidly. That indicates that SOMETHING organic is going on with the population of babies that they are developing more autism than they used to.

      • Randa

        Actually, more children are being DIAGNOSED. The rate of autism isn’t necessarily rising rapidly; the diagnosis is. They are also broadening the Spectrum seemingly daily. Also, the rate of autism misdiagnosis is alarming.

      • Bruce

        Greg, there has also been an increase in correct diagnosis of autism and there are many levels of autism one can be diagnosed with so there has also been an increase of diagnoses in general; Asperger syndrome for instance. A lot of those folks would have just been considered odd/non-social in the past.

      • Charlotte

        What is rising “fairly rapidly” is a DIAGNOSIS of Austism. This means that the perimeters for diagnosis have broadened. This means that more children are being examined and tested and that more and more children fall under the medical diagnosis of Austistic.
        Seriously – why is that so hard for so many to understand?

      • https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.huffmanfulton Stephanie Fulton

        Think it has to do with the more advanced age of pregnant woman and also fertility drugs play a part of eggs that the body would normally reject becoming a viable pregnancy. Iwas just reading an article on this the other day. I was intrigued.

        • emskadittle

          based on what? you gut?

  • Paul

    I’ll ask again, what has this story got to do with the Tea Party?

    • Notabubba

      It is the tenor of the email that resembles the hatred that pours out of the Tea Party and there ensemble of fools. Since the day that they showed their ugly head they have been spewing hate and divisiveness in this country. Their inability to accept anything that isn’t bubba is ruining civilness in this country. Get a grip.

      • arlo

        How civil of you.

        • Gayle–a Canadian

          arlo, I was thinking the same thing. What does it matter that its not an “American” story it sounds very much like the TPers. I bet there are similar incidents in the US too.

      • Paul

        It has been my experience especially since i first used a computer and started frequenting political forums and discussion boards that those who call them selves Liberals are the most abrasive, intolerant
        bigots there are.

        • Bob Cull

          I guess you mean because we don’t tolerate your bigotry and intolerance, Paul. To call someone a bigot or intolerant because he/she calls you out on your own is a misapplication of the words. it is entirely appropriate to challenge a bigot and hardly a display of ones own bigotry.

          • Greg

            No Bob. Bigotry is bigotry, whether it comes from David Duke or Jerimiah Wright. Whether it’s the “n” word or “cracker”, “Fundy”, “homophobe”, etc.

            One evil does NOT justify another. Two wrongs do NOT make a right.

    • Helen

      Absolutely nothing, but that doesn’t stop the progressives from using it to justify their H8.

      • Scott Brynildsen

        Progressive people invented the computer you’re using to complain about progressives. Consider that and shut it.

      • Bob Cull

        Yes, nothing but hatred, when this p**s poor excuse for a human being deserves nothing but love and praise for her evident humanitarianism and “Christianity.” You’ve been spewing your venom here long enough, Helen, that you know that contingent stories run here, not strictly Tea Party stories.

  • Agapetus

    Seems to follow the course our country is heading. More hate and people who can’t understand anyone who is different. Maybe they can pull some fingerprints off the envelope or paper.

  • Chas Easterbrook

    More likely a guy I would think…

  • http://[email protected] Susan Skorc

    Well, one thought I have is that at least the US isn’t the only country with evil nut jobs. My second thought is, too bad that person has her own handicap, and that she was born without a heart. Maybe she needs a transplant.

  • Denise

    There is no sympathizing with both parties. As I set here now my autistic son is bouncing his ball. These children are beautiful and God created them to teach us. Apparently this woman has not learned the lesson and in her ignorance her children will suffer

    • Notabubba

      Agreed Denise. All children and adults are special. Each and every one of us. This heathen woman probably considers herself a “good christian woman” on top of it all. Her hatred of gods hand is apparent.

  • http://gravatar.com/roninllc roninllc

    I love this part:
    “Nobody wants you living here and they don’t have the guts to tell you”

    Funny that the person writing the letter didn’t have the “guts” to put their name on the letter.

    • James

      worse im willing to bet dollars to donuts this so called letter writer will claim she goes to church every sunday and teach bible school to children. i am in complete agreement as she obviously didnt have the guts to put her name on that letter since she knows what she wrote was wrong and thinking she will stay anonymous and no one will know. i would love to know where she thinks she can judge another and think that she cant be judged. i wonder how that p off mom will do if one of her grandchildren have autism will she euthanize the child or sing a very different tune?

      • Bob Cull

        I would bet that she never spoke with the “everybody” she purports to speak for before she left her vile missive.

  • Paul

    What does this have to do with the Tea Party? Are you saying only a Repug would pen an angry letter like this?

    • Trojan Horse

      No Paul, But that is what one is lead by the nose to believe.

    • jason

      The teaparty and repugs are the only morons who would hit so far below the belt for their own personal gain but not have the guts to sign their name.

    • https://www.facebook.com/dan.patterson.790 Dan Patterson

      I’ll tell you what I’ll bet you $100 that this vile piece of human waste isn’t a liberal. Most importantly if Dante was right I’m sure there is a special place in hell for this letter writer.

      • https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.huffmanfulton Stephanie Fulton

        Please.not a liberal? You’re a fool

        • Scott Brynildsen

          According to statistics, liberals are more informed than conservatives, Stephanie. Turn off your TV and do your homework.

  • emeraldeyes

    Newcastle is a small community just east of Toronto. This is a hate crime and she is in real trouble with the law. I don’t know what rock she’s been living under but this is both a criminal act and a human rights offence here. We don’t have the wide open, say anything you want attitude toward free speech that embraces this kind of cruelty and we neither tolerate nor condone this kind of behaviour in Ontario. You can bet that the police will be conducting a thorough investigation. This woman needs counselling.

    • VinaigretteGirl

      I do hope so!

    • Greg

      No, she needs to meet the business end of a cat-o-nine-tails.

  • https://www.facebook.com/erynn.schwellinger Erynn Schwellinger

    Horrible human being. Horrible. I feel sick knowing this person is breathing.

  • jodi

    Chas,how you can “sympathize” with both parties puts you in the same category as the vile human that wrote this.I have a 14 year old son with Autism.You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Michele

    My first thought after reading this article was, I think the pissed off neighbor ought to be euthanized. How dreadful a person she is that she would do this to another parent. It’s bad enough that she feels this way about this child, but to express her disgust for another human being this way is just cruel to the mother, through no fault of her own, has a sick and injured child.

    But then my thoughts turned to the child. Autistic children aren’t born that way. They start out quite normally, until they are injured by the toxins in their environment. Between the genetically modified food that creates its own pesticide thrust upon us by the company who brought us Agent Orange, and the 50-60 vaccines big pharma and the government shills for big pharma are forcing on our children, is it any wonder why there is so much disease in our children? Autism, Type 1 Diabetes, asthma, exema, food allergies and intolerances are the norm now. I pray the neighbors kids don’t suffer the same fate. It could happen to her. I hope she meets with more compassion when it does, because statistically, its just a matter of time. Autism is happening to more than 1 in 50 children in the US. What do we think as a nation is going to happen to these children when they grow up? Who will care for them? Who will pay for that care?

    We are losing a generation of our kids. We as a nation ought to be sick out of our minds about this.

    • http://gravatar.com/roninllc roninllc

      You need to put down the tin foil and pick up a science book. This conspiracy theory stuff does more harm than good.

      Perhaps you should look into what “toxins” “vaccines” and “genetically modified food” caused your mental retardation.

      • Debby hood

        roninllc. you are of the same ilk as the letter writer . Shame on you. do you have all the answers. ??? You are not nice. Work on that

    • Tim

      Oh, so you’ve determined the cause of autism, have you? Bull snot, says I.

      You and the rest of these people who don’t understand scientific medical research take the results of a few controversial studies, crow about them from the rooftops as though they were established fact, and pat yourselves on the back for “protecting” your children.

      In reality, you’re just ushering back in diseases like mumps, measles, polio, and smallpox. I hope you’re really proud of the movement you supported when it ends up killing countless future children.

    • I

      There is no link between vaccinations and autism. Vaccinations are the greatest boon of the 20-21st century. There is so much misinformation being pushed by the anti-vaccination movement on this matter, it’s sickening. When children aren’t vaccinated, they benefit from the herd immunity of those who are vaccinated while at the same endangering other children with preventable disease.

      • haley-sue

        Prove that. Mercury is extremely toxic . It can have devastating effects on neurological function and therefore, is an occupational hazard & it’s use is regulated in many countries (incl USA). If I had to take the chance on my child having mumps or having brain-damage, I”ll take the mumps. I don’t KNOW THE reason. Neither do you. We need to investigate this thoroughly. Our childrens’ lives are at stake and so is our solvency as a Nation.

        • I heart Science

          http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/Index.html

          Extensive research has failed to show any consistent link between thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines and any health condition including autism. Thimerosal was removed from all routine child vaccines in 2001. Despite the removal of thimerosal from childhood vaccines, autism rates have continued to rise. This is the opposite of what would be expected if thimerosal caused autism.

        • I heart Science

          And my child shouldn’t be exposed to mumps and other preventable infectious disease because you don’t understand the science behind vaccinations, or read any of the many, many, many studies that prove their safety and efficacy, or used a bit of critical thinking when reading the very unscientific anti-vaccine propaganda.

          • Greg

            And all the studies that disagree with you are what…chopped liver?

            There is NOT scientific unanimity on this subject. Given that, the Precautionary Principle suggests that parents be wary of vaccines until the evidence is more clear.

    • http://gravatar.com/edsmith2 Desi

      As a Graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology (a field that works heavily with kids with autism spectrum disorder) working in a scientific lab for my university where we study autism, I’d just like to clear up some things. Much of autism is absolutely related to genetics. There are differences in the behavior and the development of children with autism from very early on, though most of us are not aware of these symptoms enough to decipher them. Children on the spectrum do not start off typically developing, and depending on the severity of the disorder, this can be diagnosed as early as 3 to 4 months old. The incidence rate of autism is 1 in 88 (see the CDC webpage on ASD). That’s a dramatic difference from the 1 in 50 you suggest, though admittedly, it is a higher rate than has ever been previously reported. Some of this rise can be credited to our expanding definition of autism. We diagnose it differently today than we did 20 years ago, and our diagnosis has come to encompass a great deal more. Also, I’m sure you are referring to the study that linked autism to vaccinations. That was forged data and has been disproved time and time again by hard science. Unfortunately, there are many that are looking for a scapegoat to blame for autism. Here’s the thing though, it isn’t a disease to be cured, and it isn’t a death sentence. It’s a difference in the way the brain functions, and it can be very difficult for parents and families to cope with, especially because of the difficulties the child generally faces with socialization and bonding. Many of the alternative therapies for ASD can be quite dangerous for children and should not be embarked upon without a medical doctor overseeing the therapy. Certainly, dietary therapies (such as no gluten) have been shown to help minimize the symptoms of autism, but this is on a case-by-case basis, and doesn’t show results with all children. The point is, autism isn’t generally a difference that is caused by environmental factors, but more normally seen in connection to genetics and pre-natal exposure. Personally, I agree with you that GMOs and pesticides are having ill-effects on the health and well-being of our kids, but be careful when you bring up vaccines, because they’ve saved a lot more lives than they’ve put at risk.

      And yes, we should always practice compassion for others. We each have our own challenges to overcome, and no person can fully understand another’s until they have walked their path.

      • Notabubba

        Thank you for the eloquent explanation. Not every thing is toxin related. ASD is not something to take lightly. To put the spotlight on the environmental vs the genetic links is doing a disservice to the advancement of understanding how this works. To lay blame on the environmental is also an escape route. Parents try this for many different situations as they feel ashamed and guilty that it was a genetic link.

      • Jane

        Desi,
        Thank you for such a well-written response. I’m not sure how many people will take the time to read it and think about it, but as an educator I appreciate the facts you presented.

    • debby hood

      You are right, Michele. We never had autism when I was growing up. There is an answer and somebody is covering it up (foR a profit I suspect.) Yes, big pharma, mercury-preservatives, aspartame, GMO, chemicals??? This is a BIG deal. God bless the child. And for the naysayers, but for the grace of God…

      • tS

        never had autism?? are you serious? it wasn’t CALLED autism, but every generation had “special needs” students with varying amounts of impairment. I’m in my 50’s and can definitely remember autism spectrum kids in my schools growing up, and many kids being held back or sent to special needs schools. As youngsters we were sheltered from kids with more severe disabilities, where today there are programs to integrate children into schools and allow them to have a very “normal” school routine.

        Children with more mild disorders were dumped into classrooms to flounder, act out, become rebellious, drop out.
        There have been NO links found between vaccines and autism, or any other environmental factors. To imply a government cover-up is to display a fundamental misunderstanding of the scientific process in this country and others…with two references to “god” this is not a surprise.

  • http://twitter.com/BlueDem1 BlueDem1 (@BlueDem1)

    There are no words.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DiannaMaria66 Dianna Maria

    I think anyone who uses a half dozen exclamation points,when one is customary
    is an idiot. The ‘pissed off mother’ is also just like the gutless wonder she speaks about in her own letter. She’s a pathetic excuse for a human being,her so-called normal children will probably grow up to be delinquents or at the least miserable, if they are raised by the likes of her.

  • Chas

    Obviously very harsh but you can imagine the long ramping up of irritation that led to this person writing it. I can sympathize with both parties.

    • http://flamencoblog.wordpress.com paulhoog

      “…they should take whatever non-retarded body parts he possesses and donate them to science.”

      You seriously sympathize with THIS attitude? This goes way beyond expressing frustration. It’s demented.

  • Tim

    I’m not saying to do this, but it should be fairly simple to analyze her writing style and figure out who she is. She’s already given away two details: 1. is a mother; and 2. lives close-by enough to hear yelling from their front yard. Hopefully, some detective somewhere is thinking the same as me.

    • Tazia

      She signs it ” pissed off mother” which probably means she is a dude. What do you expect them to say? “the blonde lady next door?” They are chicken shit and embarrassed for being such a heartless pea-brain illusory superior narcissist. THEY need the help as much as the child.

    • Mamakani

      Absolutely right! This ignorant excuse of a human should be punished. The idea of DNA or other clues that she has left behind should make it easy enough to track her down.

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