22 Feb Autism Does Not Create Murderers
Your child is not a killer. Autism does not cause people to shoot others. My blood is boiling at the thought of anybody using autism as a scapegoat for the recent shooting that killed 17 innocent lives in Parkland, Florida.
As a parent, you are probably terrified at what others are going to think about your child. As if you don’t get judged enough, now you have to add this to your plate. I hate that this is happening.
This post is not about gun control. It’s not about the insanity that is going on in the US government. It’s not about opinions on whether or not teachers should have guns in classrooms.
This is about how autism DID NOT cause this person to walk into a school, pull the trigger on a semi-automatic rifle, and murder people who were in a supposedly safe school environment.
As part of the autism community, it is our job to educate others. We need to be a voice for those who do not and cannot speak. Share a million posts on your Facebook page, talk to people when you are out in the community, and teach others what autism actually means.
Please do not let this tragedy plant seeds and pigeon hole people with autism.
Autism is a developmental disability that affects social-communication skills. Autism DOES NOT cause a person to purchase a gun, and make a calculated decision to harm and kill others.
Please spread the word. Do not let this misconception get out of hand. Educate others.
What are you going to do, right this moment, to teach others about autism and stop this misconception?