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Autism Reality: 12 Year Old With Autism Threatens Suicide, Bites Teacher

Posted Mar 18 2009 3:14pm
MSNBC reports that a 12 year old Tennessee boy with autism and borderline mental retardation threatened suicide and then yesterday bit a teacher on the right thumb during the past week. He has been arrested and charged with assault. He is now receiving medical help at a psychiatric hospital.

The boy's mother, Cindy Gaspard, fears her son might be incarcerated and wishes he had received help sooner:

"Last Monday, I was notified that Dylan had threatened to kill himself and ran out the front door of the building and said he was going to get hit by a car ....Dylan should have been taken to a hospital for a medical and psychiatric evaluation for his suicide attempt, rather than charged with assault and taken to jail ..." I'm worried about him going to jail for a behavior that is a result of his disability."

The unfortunate reality is that some autistic children and adults become violent.... because of their autism disorder. This reality is whitewashed by Neurodiversity ideologues who feel offended that any of the behaviors associated with autism might be seen as negative but it is a reality that can only be ignored with serious consequences for autistic children, family members and professional carers and educators.

The serious challenges presented by some persons with autism disorders should be dealt with through treatment not whitewashed and ignored until it is too late.


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