•Autism is not a form of mental illness, it is instead a neuro-developmental disorder.
•Studies show that individuals with autism have the propensity for reactive outbursts rather than planned violence.
•Former classmates described the suspect as socially awkward, friendless and painfully shy, but “Many significant psychiatric disorders involve social isolation,” said Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Autism, she said, has become a catch-all term to describe anybody who is awkward.
•Very few with an ASD commit murder, or other criminal acts.