A disturbing letter to the family of a teenager with autism instructing them to either "move or euthanize him" has shaken the boy's family and their community.
The anonymous note was sent to 13-year-old Max's grandmother's house in Newcastle, Ontario, on Friday, signed by "One pissed off mother."
Max, the area resident complaints, is a "dreadful" burden whose family should take whatever non retarded [sic] body parts he possesses and donate it to science."
"What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!" the letter says. "Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!! Either way we are ALL better off!!!"
In an interview, Max's mother, Karla Begley, couldn't keep from crying as she read the section of the hateful diatribe that suggests she kill her own son.
"The more you go on, the worse it gets," she said.
"Who says that about a child?"
A photo of the letter was tweeted over the weekend by YouTube and Nashville stars Lennon and Maisy, who identify themselves as family friends.
You can read the full, horrible text of it below:
The original posting about the note had been retweeted over 3,600 times as of Monday, with people calling the letter "a shame," "evil" and "hateful."
As word of the story spread virally, the neighborhood rallied around Max, making a special effort to make him feel welcome in the community.
Yahoo Canada News reported that police are investigating the note. A spokeswoman told the news outlet that law enforcement takes this threat "seriously."