Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Autism Did Not Cause Attack in Best Buy

A 29 year old man is facing charges for attempted murder in an incident that took place at a Best Buy in Florida.  The article states that this man was on the autism spectrum and strongly implies that autism was the reason behind the attack.

I strongly disagree with this article.  This is enough confusion circulating around about autism for reporters to associate autism with violent acts.  It's just like the aftermath of the Newtown Connecticut shooting where speculation emerged that the shooter was on the autism spectrum.

While the man was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, there had to have been more issues involved that would prompt this violent attack.  I hope that this message reaches the right people and that the publication of this story does not result in further confusion about autism.

To read more about this incident, click here:

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-08-29/story/accused-best-buy-attacker-diagnosed-autism

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree. I myself am on the spectrum, and simply because I see things differently, and am awkward socially, does not mean I have any trouble discerning right from wrong.

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