I decided to write about Asperger's and violence in leiu of the CT shooting that happened this past Friday. Now I am sure many of you have already heard that the gunman may or may not have had some form of Autism, possibly Asperger's but none of that has been confirmed.
What happened this past Friday was just plain tragic, first the gunman shot his mother, and then grabbed the car keys and decided to go to the elementary school where he went as a child and just start shooting all these innocent people; teachers, principles, and most tragic and heartbreaking- children. When I heard about this, my heart really just sank. What kind of sick and seriously disturbed individual this person was to do this. In my opinion, I think of the gunman as a true coward, after he killed a bunch of innocent people, he then shot himself, so therefore no justice will ever be served for the families affected by this tragedy. My heart really does go out to all the families who lost their loved ones, the parents who lost their children, as well as for all the surviving victims in this tragedy who will be for very a long time affected.
When I then heard a few days later that the gunman may or may not have some form of Autism, a lot was going through my mind at first. First me having Asperger's, I was thinking first how many people that I know know about it and second off if they were thinking in their mind that since I have Asperger's would I really actually be capable of doing such a horrendous thing. I decided to then call my sister Megan because I just didn't know what else to do and I was upset about it and Megan is my oldest sister, I come to her about anything and everything and she always gives me such great advice and she is always there for me and she is a wonderful sister. She calmed me down and she stated that there is just so much speculation about what Adam may or may not of have, but if in indeed he did have some form of Autism, then that would be the very least of all the mental/psychological issues that he had. I had think about it and process it over and yeah she is right, that would've been the very least of his issues that he had.
People with any form of Autism including Asperger's may have their own freak outs and/ or melt downs at times because we tend to get very stressed out and frustrated and sometimes we don't know how to handle our stress in a healthy way, so it is very normal for us to sometimes to lash out and have melt downs but that is not to say that we are violent in any way what-so-ever. We are generally gentle people who just think differently and we have to have time to process information in order for us to know what to say back in a conversation or when we are doing something in our daily lives like a project at work or something of that nature; now I am talking about us Aspies (nickname for people who have Asperger's, a high functioning Autism)...now as far for people and children who have other forms of Autisms that are on different parts of the spectrum like the non verbal Autistic people and children out there, it is basically for the most part all the same, they think and act differently than most people and won't be able to say anything if they are non-verbal and if they get too frustrated and stressed out, again they cannot handle that stress in a healthy way so they will also have melt downs but again even people and children who are non-verbal Autistic are generally non violent people, and they are gentle people who are just very unique.
So if you are reading this post, please just consider to take the time to think about people and children who have any form of Autism. We are generally non violent, we do have our occasional melt downs because we get frustrated and again may not know how to handle it in a healthy way but let me make it very clear that just because someone has any form of Autism doesn't neccessarily mean that they are violent in nature.
I hope you enjoyed my intake on this matter and your comments are always appreciated but never expected. :-)