This is a post-nuclear-war story where humans have mutated to have telepathic abilities. Institutionalized child (non-telepathic genetic throwback) has no volume control to his thoughts and "normal" telepaths hear his angry thoughts as mental screams and consider him a "monster."

At the beginning of the story you don't know he is a little boy; the nurses talk of him as a hideous monster that they loathe to interact with.

People still talk verbally. He is kept at a hospital and they want to euthanize him; his mother kidnaps him but brings him back telling them to kill him, "He's a monster!"

Maybe read in an anthology collection for high school English class - 1970's publication date?

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    Do you remember when you read it last? When it might have been published? Was it in an physical book or online? – amflare Oct 24 '17 at 17:02
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    Are you sure it is his thoughts they hear? Could it instead be his actual voice, which no one uses any more? – Organic Marble Oct 24 '17 at 17:38
  • This sounds similar, but not quite like Chrysalids, by John Wyndham. – Baronet_Canid Oct 24 '17 at 18:25

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