Yesterday the grandmother of 13-year-old Max in Newcastle, Ont. received an anonymous letter urging her to either move him into another neighbourhood or put him down like a diseased animal.
The most irritating thing about this is that Max doesn’t even live in the neighbourhood; he lives with his parents in another city and only comes up to visit his grandmother, though judging by the letter “[y]ou selfishly put your kid out everyday” (which seems like an exaggeration from someone in hysteria), this seems to be a very common occurrence. I’m almost ashamed that this was written by a Canadian. We are (or should be) an inclusive society (like the States) that welcomes all creeds of people.
This letter has been analysed and has been found to “[fall] below the threshold for a hate crime,” though it is still being considered as to if it violates other sections of the Criminal Code. It could be construed as harassment or a death threat, though the euthanasia quip seems to have been added in as an angry outburst instead of as an actual intended remark.
There is already support rallying around Max and condemnation against the writer of this letter.