Conn. Shooter's Link to Autism Worries Advocates
Adam Lanza reported to have Asperger's syndrome
As news trickled out about the school shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., the immediate reaction of many observers was: There must have been something wrong with Adam Lanza.
"Something" had to be behind the shootings, in which police say Mr. Lanza first killed his mother at her home and then drove to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 20 1st graders, six staff members, and then himself, last month.
But advocates for people with disabilities were dismayed that the something was, at least at first, identified in the national media as Asperger's syndrome . Any connection between that syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum, and the deadliest K-12 school shooting in American history is unfounded, advocates and experts say. They worry that any perceived link between the shootings and Asperger's may unfairly stigmatize those...
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