Local Autism Experts Say Autism Has No Link With Violence

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Relatives of the shooter of the Newtown massacre say he had a form of autism. Now some media outlets are questioning whether this disorder is linked to violence.

We reached out to local autism experts who say that's just not the case.

Karen McCormick is the president of the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership. She also has a seven-year-old son who's been diagnosed with autism.

She says through her experience and extensive research, she's found no link whatsoever between autism and violence.

McCormick says if anything, more people are violent towards those who have autism.

She says she was disappointed that this correlation has been assumed after the Newtown tragedy.

"I hated that they even linked the words autism, Asperger's, autism spectrum disorder with this horrific event. I think it had nothing to do with it. The guy may or may not have had autism, but there were definitely some other things going on with him," said McCormick.

In a post on the organization's website, the group says the best way to honor the victims of the shooting is for society to work towards building a safer and healthier environment for all people.

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