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  • almagayle50 Dec 21, 5:29 p.m.

    Thank you WRAL for not publishing my comment. Of course, I've phoned your station about medicaid fraud, educational mistreatment, and disparities in SSDI for children of divorce, so why did I expect that you would publish my comment about the latest incident and how with every diagnosis there is the traditional pattern of blaming the mother, letting the father out of responsibilities in family court and having the mother end up alone withe the child.

  • mayhem Dec 20, 6:10 p.m.

    How about the stigma of being a gun nut? Isn't that in itself a diagnosable mental illness?

  • BaseBallMommy Dec 20, 5:30 p.m.

    The reason that people don't understand autism is because it has such a wide spectrum. One child that is high functioning compared to another child that doesn't speak, can't do things for himself. Difficult to understand when almost every individual is different than the next.
    And as for we need to see what is causing the disorders I think we need to realize that maybe the reason more individuals have autism is because anyone with a social issue is being diagnosed. I think this is just like ADD or ADHD, over diagnosed.

  • Marty King Dec 20, 4:04 p.m.

    This is why people with these disorders need to be institutionalized and not in public where they can do harm. We don't need more gun control laws, we need to pass people control laws. Back in the day when people with mental disorders were institutionalized, we didn't have crazy people all in our streets.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Dec 20, 3:38 p.m.

    Autism has a stigma because it is a disorder. Disorders have stigmas

  • Danny22 Dec 20, 3:10 p.m.

    We really need to do research on what is causing mental problems because I never remember not one mentally troubled young person throughout k-12. Lanza came from a broken home and who knows about video, movie, tv, and musical influences. And whether he or his parents used drugs. There are a lot of theories out there.

  • Danny22 Dec 20, 3:00 p.m.

    Angeliawidick,
    I agree with much you said but I do not think it's the government's fault for not providing adequate help. Adam Lanza had a loving mother, wealth for the best healthcare, and I do not think the gov't is at fault. adults will many times refuse help and parents often refuse to admit their kids are troubled.

  • IPayYouPay Dec 20, 2:28 p.m.

    Oh, by the way, when I said stop being so defensive. I have two people in my family who are "special needs" so I do practice what I preach and I don't get defensive when something comes up similiar to my family members.

  • IPayYouPay Dec 20, 2:27 p.m.

    People who have children with disabilities or "special needs": stop being so defensive. My personal take was that this child's mother knew he was a threat to someone (babysitter's comments) yet she chose to take him to shooting ranges and keep guns in the home - Was SHE crazy or what. No, you get help for your child - sometimes commitment to an institution IS necessary for ALL sakes. We have to be realistic sometimes.

  • angeliawidick Dec 20, 1:56 p.m.

    As a parent of two children that have developmental disorders, No one seems to get the fact that this should bring light to the government agencies that there needs to be more resources for "PEOPLE" that need it. Why are we focusing on the fact of the parent or the soul person who did this horrific act of violence. I have been turned away by hospitals in the local area for one of my children because there is not enough beds. This should be the issue not the fact as to wither this is a condition that can cause this violence.Truth be told we are all letting people with developmental issues down by not standing up and demanding help to make a change in how people with disabilities are treated. Don't get me wrong in this case the mother is at fault for allowing her son to have access to the weapons, it is the government's fault for not providing adequate help and it also lies on every single person who chooses to stick there head in the sand or focus on the wrong issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • opinionatedme Dec 20, 1:25 p.m.

    I disagree that children with Autism are not prone to violence. I have two childre which I interact with on a regular basis which have tendancies to hurt other children. This is my personal observation and I think the Autism society needs to be more open-minded when saying these children do not have violent natures. All children are different in their tendencies so you can't label them all the same way. Yes these kids are smart, but they also can do things before thinking which causes harm to others. I also agree that these children don't typically plan things out in advance. It is normally a heat of the moment thing.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Dec 20, 12:04 p.m.

    Just because a person has a mental illness doesn't mean they are dangerous to others.

    But, questionable behavioral patterns and actions should be documented and not ignored. Sun Yung Cho provided signs that he was dangerous but they were buried, classified and overlooked because of privacy rights. Monumental mistake that a handful of people will have to live with for the rest of their lives.

  • blueberry Dec 20, 11:42 a.m.

    Wildpig...Autism is NOT mental illness. It's a difference in how the brain develops--totally a physical issue that shows itself in different behaviors among those who have it. Mental illness is a whole different area altogether.

    As far as kids with autism being "unholy terrors"...Happymom...you said it right. ALL kids have the potential to be terrors, but that is not a function of autism. It's a function of poor parenting.

  • affirmativediversity Dec 20, 10:49 a.m.

    Give it a rest. Autism has nothing to do with this. The guy was a nutcase, plain and simple. why are people looking for excuses?
    per scorekeep

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    Because they are desperate to use this tragedy as "the" excuse to implement gun control. That these same people have spent the last 10 to 20 years dismantling mental health services without a care for the very serious and deadly repercussions resulting from casting lose from all care those with serious psychosis or in the midst of a psychotic break.

    Welcome to our new "progressive" world...

  • affirmativediversity Dec 20, 10:42 a.m.

    People with autism, especially Asperger's syndrome are most often the victims...they are the overly quiet or socially awkward person who is usually teased without stop by the so called "mentally healthy"...they are shunned as "weird" and made to feel even more invisible.

    They are no more likely to become violent than those who seem to enjoy teasing and belittling them do.

    Frankly when choosing my friends I'll choose the quiet, somewhat socially awkward person over the local busybody that always has a hurtful or ignorant word to say about somebody (ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE NOT PRESENT OR UNABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES)!

  • jcthai Dec 20, 10:19 a.m.

    I wouldn't have associated the two if it had not been for this article. Way to go, WRAL.

    Wildpig, demonic? Really? So mentally ill persons are demonic? Do we need a Catholic priest to exorcise the demon? You know, most of the world moved beyond this belief decades ago.

  • wildpig777 Dec 20, 8:27 a.m.

    Autism is a form of mental illness. what all of yall are missing is the fact that this young man/boy was EVIL. He was evil and possibly demonic more than he ever was autistic.

    you wants answers to the mass murder--it;s right in front of your face -- he was evil, twisted, and demonic. many times thats leads to extreme violence, autism WAS NOT INVOVLED.

  • autismawareness Dec 20, 8:20 a.m.

    i don't like the word STIGMA in the headline. the most known definition of the word means scar/mark of shame or discredit.
    even though you are using it in the context of "diagnostic sign of disease", it doesn't sound good.

  • LKG-Lover Dec 20, 8:18 a.m.

    Regardless of whether they associate violence with these mental problems is only part of the picture. In most of these cases, society has tried to push them to a "normal" life. Some just don't have the social skills to function in the general population. They feel even more isolated. It was reported this Lanza kid did not like to be touched and felt isolated. These would certainly be anti social type behaviors that could certainly lead to other problems. One would think the mother of this child should have used a gun safe to protect both her son and it seems now even herself.

  • happymom Dec 19, 7:56 p.m.

    "I thought that kids with Autism can in fact be unholy terrors (don't have to be, but can be). I am not saying this as some sort of insult, but I thought it was a function involved in the diagnosis of some cases of autism."

    No, it's not. ALL kids have the potential to be terrors, but that is not a function of autism. It's a function of poor parenting.

    My son has Asperger's, and he has never shown the slightest tendency toward violent. He has, however, been on the receiving end of bullying by kids (and, sadly, some adults) who don't understand his differences.

  • MrPearce Dec 19, 7:17 p.m.

    I thought that kids with Autism can in fact be unholy terrors (don't have to be, but can be). I am not saying this as some sort of insult, but I thought it was a function involved in the diagnosis of some cases of autism.

  • highvolt1 Dec 19, 6:59 p.m.

    I truly hate this is happening to the kids & their parents, but on the other side of the coin, CCW's are being labeled as dangerous people. I believe the shooter was a spoiled brat that was never disiplined.

  • chrissara1011 Dec 19, 6:49 p.m.

    i never saw a definate diagnosis for this insane person. Although I feel we have a right to bear arms what does the normal joe need with an assault rifle and more importantly if him mother was abreast of his condition as they state why would she introduce weapons to an unstable man and then have them in a setting he had complete access to. There are too many children that are labeled Autistic simply bc no other label fits them. As a mother of a non violent autistic child I would never leave a firearm unsecured around my autistic child or any child. This mother let the entire Sandy Hook Community down when she allowed herself to cater to her sons wants intead of what was best to protect himself and those exposed to him. I am not condeming the dead but she is as much to blame for those innocent children and educators deaths as her son is.

  • tiffanyruth Dec 19, 6:37 p.m.

    Sad that this has put such a bad mark on Autism. This kid was mentally ill, not from autism, but from other issues, he was a smart child, just had evil in his heart and wanted to hurt and kill people. Autistic children are not like this at all. I assume most parents of autistic children also don't teach them how to shoot weapons and keep them losely stored.

  • scorekeep Dec 19, 6:34 p.m.

    Give it a rest. Autism has nothing to do with this. The guy was a nutcase, plain and simple. why are people looking for excuses?

  • atheistswillrule Dec 19, 6:31 p.m.

    We really can't look at Aspergers and be alarmed. Murder happens in all realms ( the bible is chock full of it, much of it sanctioned by "god"). What we do know is that people with mental conditions are marginalized. People with mental conditions, if they commit a crime, are often condemned if they plead the " insanity defense". Much of our population is so ignorant and ill informed that they simply make kneejerk reactions to a crime and shout " hang-em-high", even in the case of legitimate mental illness. And to think that the USA was once a beacon of civil rights, human rights, dignity and justice. There is no justice for the mentally ill from what I have seen.

  • djofraleigh Dec 19, 6:05 p.m.

    First, I don't know that the shooter was every labeled Aspergers.

    Second, Aspergers as a label is being dropped as a separate condition in the coming DSM V.

  • sjb2k1 Dec 19, 5:43 p.m.

    has this diagnosis been confirmed or is this more random "print it first" stuff that has no basis in reality?

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