Always the quiet ones: Bracing for the media's "diagnosis"
Posted Nov 10 2008 4:52pm
I'm holding my breath. I'm hoping no one says it, but I just know they will. In the paper, on TV, on the web, I haven't seen it yet. But he was "quiet", "weird", "asocial" and a "loner". Didn't make eye contact. Didn't have friends. Barely spoke to anyone, spoke "in a whisper". Wore sunglasses indoors. Spent lots of time on the computer. There have been references to "obsessions". Now he is called a "mystery". Now his teacher says he would pause up to 20 seconds prior to responding to a question.
I have a really bad feeling about this. Defensive, too, like we're all about to get slammed. And nobody's even mentioned the word.