Another autistic youth killed by a parent. And, No, Channel 11 Atlanta, it’s not a “mercy killing”

7 Nov

Dustin Hicks was an autistic youth. A teen. Someone who faced very significant challenges and needed a great deal of support. But someone who needed to be respected and valued as a person.

Dustin Hicks was murdered by his mother. News stories are reporting that he was shot in the head. The exact motives are at present unclear since the mother killed herself shortly afterwards.

A TV station in Atlanta reports the story as Dawsonville mother shoots disabled son, self in possible mercy killing.

No. There is no mercy in murder. Just because someone is disabled doesn’t mean someone can justify or downplay murder.

No. Just no.

Our children are our responsibility, not our property. We do not get to kill our children and downplay it because they are disabled and call it mercy.

I can’t go on.


By Matt Carey

note: I corrected a mispelling in the above after this was published.

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7 Responses to “Another autistic youth killed by a parent. And, No, Channel 11 Atlanta, it’s not a “mercy killing””

  1. starbursteyes November 9, 2015 at 17:07 #

    Reblogged this on Behind starburst eyes.

  2. judyenaz November 9, 2015 at 18:24 #

    Reblogged this on Confessions of a Geekmom

  3. Constantine November 10, 2015 at 11:07 #

    As an autistic man with an autistic son I have … no insight whatsoever except to agree murder is wrong.

    I’m pro choice.

    But once baby is born you

    Fight like fuck to do everything you possibly can for it.

  4. amandasmills November 10, 2015 at 11:08 #

    Reblogged this on Nature in the City and commented:
    reblogging.
    a person’s worth is not determined by their contribution to the economy
    nor by their age, their education, or their abilities
    We aren’t any more or less human than any other.
    Dustin Hicks was murdered, just as anyone who is shot through the head, is murdered.

  5. Paula November 23, 2015 at 20:19 #

    The mom knew she was wrong, that’s why she took her self out, too. To cowardly to live with her child and to cowardly to live with prison and possibly the death penalty. COWARD! Prayers for the rest of the family who has to go and deal with this.

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