Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network

AWN Urges Media Caution When Reporting On Parkland Florida School Shooting

AWN urges caution when speculating about any mental health diagnosis of the shooter in the recent Florida tragedy. News outlets have already begun speculating about the shooter’s possible links to mental health. We especially implore the media to resist their usual patterns of stereotyping people with disabilities when these kinds of killings occur. People with disabilities are unfailingly more often the victims of crimes as opposed to the violent criminals whereby they are wrongly portrayed. AWN’s thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the community of Parkland Florida.

1 thought on “AWN Urges Media Caution When Reporting On Parkland Florida School Shooting”

  1. I think it’s stupid how so many reporters mention if a school shooter has an autism spectrum disorder (like today’s Florida shooter and the Sandy Hook shooter). That makes ignorant people think that autism makes people violent. The shooters obviously have worse problems than autism if they’re killing people.

    People with autism are more likely to be the victims of crime than the perpetrators. It just feeds into negative stereotypes when these reporters mention ASD in connection with school shooters. Disgusting.

    I will add that Autism is not a mental disorder but a pervasive neurobiological condition. It primarily affects social function for those higher on the Spectrum. It does not make you a Sociopath or a Psychopath or violent or unstable.

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