Slate has picked up Emily Willingham’s article on the Newtown shootings, as Autism, Empathy, and Violence: Asperger’s Does Not Explain Connecticut Shooting . The URL says a lot:
Autistic does not mean violent.
It is very heartening to see large media outlets picking up on this message to counter speculation which started with the unconfirmed report that the shooter was autistic.
The article originally appeared as Autism, empathy, and violence: One of these things doesn’t belong here on Dr. Willingham’s blog EmilyWillinghamPhD.com and at the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism.
By Matt Carey