Let me make on thing clear. Things are bad enough without reporters grasping at possible threads to try to get a big story out there and gain a competitive advantage among competitor media outlets. I've worked for a newspaper company before so I know how competitive media outlets can be among one another. Especially with the decline of the journalism industry in light of the development of the Internet. Regardless of this, the fact that Fox News associated autism spectrum disorders with child killers is completely unacceptable.
The reason it is unacceptable is because people are panicked and there are readers who have been lead to believe that people on the spectrum are killers. This is a step back in the path of autism awareness. Many people are hard pressed to prevent such a tragedy from occurring in the future. Associating this tragedy with autism will lead to further misunderstanding and unnecessary fear. That could not be any farther from the truth. I have met many people on the spectrum. I am on the spectrum. I know that sensory and cognitive difficulties lead to meltdowns and other behavioral problems due to difficulty in processing sensory input. People on the spectrum may act out compulsively, but people on the spectrum are not killers.
If I could have anyone read these words in the wake of this heinous tragedy, it would be those who read the following story and think that autism had something to do with what happened yesterday: