Author's Note: Unfortunately, Jim Begley (Max's dad) is quoted as saying that "“A person that's that crazy or demented who would fabricate something like that ... it leads me to believe that they're very dangerous, and right now I'm scared for my son's safety.“
This quote suggests that people with mental illnesses are responsible for the incident, perpetuating the myth that people with mental illnesses are violent, dangerous, or scary. In reality, people with mental illnesses are much more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence. Jim Begley's views do not represent my own. The Examiner article was posted only to give background on Max's story, and to provide the letter's full text. Readers of The Examiner article should be conscious that blaming people with mental illnesses for this horrible act is ableist. If we want to fight ableism, we must do it by offering people with all types of disabilities respect. The letter to Max's is not the work of someone with a mental illness. It is the work of a hateful, ignorant person.