Autism Society: No Linkage Between Autism and Planned Violence

15 Dec

The Autism Society of America issued a statement yesterday on the Connecticut school shootings: Autism Society: No Linkage Between Autism and Planned Violence

Autism Society: No Linkage Between Autism and Planned Violence

December 15, 2012
By Autism Society

Yesterday, 26 people lost their lives through the acts of a single person. These 26 people were children, teachers, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters.  Today, their families are experiencing grief that can’t be described.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by yesterday’s tragic shooting.

 The statement notes that many news outlets are reporting the speculation that the shooter was autistic and that “There is absolutely no evidence or any reliable research that suggests a linkage between autism and planned violence. ”

The statement goes on to state:

Please do not judge any individual with autism based on what is being said about a killer of innocent children and teachers.  Rather, our nation’s attention must be focused on being there for the children and teachers whose lives were lost yesterday

The full statement can be found at: Autism Society: No Linkage Between Autism and Planned Violence

(Note: I originally posted the statement in full. I did not request permission to do so, so I have edited this article)

By Matt Carey

2 Responses to “Autism Society: No Linkage Between Autism and Planned Violence”

  1. Judith October 18, 2016 at 18:56 #

    This takes the cake: ATLANTA — Lawyers seeking clemency for a Georgia inmate scheduled for execution this week say a recent autism diagnosis helps explain his actions the night he killed one police officer and wounded another.
    Gregory Paul Lawler is to be put to death Wednesday by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson.
    The 63-year-old was convicted of murder in the October 1997 shooting death of Atlanta police Officer John Sowa. Authorities say Lawler also critically injured Officer Patricia Cocciolone. AUTISM EXPLAINS HIS ACTIONS?? I THINK NOT…


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