This video speaks for itself.
But the saddest scariest thing is this woman is not alone. She may be the only one brave enough to actually type and deliver such a letter, but I can guarantee you she's not the only one who thinks such thoughts.
Perhaps most of those who do would never suggest that a child, any child, should be euthanized or his "non-retarded body parts" donated to science. But they wouldn't hesitate to express their belief that such children should not be going to their neighbourhood schools, should not be participating in the same extracuricular activities as their "normal" children do; perhaps, even should not be taking up scarce dollars in our healthcare system.
We would like to believe that human beings are inherently good. That, most of the time, if we just give them the chance, they will do the "right thing". Maybe we're right - maybe most are.
But something like this has to make a parent wonder how many more monsters are hiding in the darkness or behind the annonimity of their keyboards. And shudder at the thought.
H/T to Krista Lettues for the video
Cross-posted at A Primer on Special Needs and the Law