Don't scapegoat autism

Unfortunately, a plethora of articles have appeared in the media suggesting a relationship between autism and violence because of the suggestion that the suspected killer in Connecticut was on the autism spectrum.

At the very least, it is disingenuous to promote this unsupported claim and instill fear in the general public of those with autism. Much of the information we’ve received about Adam Lanza is pure conjecture. Someone in the medical field has yet to come forward with an official diagnosis that Lanza was given in the past – even Asperger’s syndrome.

Furthermore, autism is not a mental illness, as some have stated in the news. It’s a neurological developmental disorder and a metabolic disorder.

While authorities continue to search for the cause of the mass shooting, they would be wise to investigate what, if any, psychotropic drugs Adam Lanza was taking. The concentration has been on gun control, while the side effects of many of these drugs include violence – murder and suicide.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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