posted on Oct, 5 2012 @ 12:37 PM
This just makes me so incredibly sad. I have a son with severe autism, so it hits home for me, too.
This is the end result of a whole web of factors. This boy needed HELP. He needed it his whole short life.
It was the absolutely wrong answer to the problem. His mother must be completely shattered. May our family, by the grace of God, never experience
such a tragedy.
People with autism can be violent, but they are not wild animals; this boy probably needed to be in specialized care, or to have constant in-home care
for behaviors and medicines, etc. But who can afford that? That is why we have Medicaid - private insurance? Forget it - they don't generally pay
for autism related issues. Trust me, I know! Depending on the plan there might be some insurance assistance for medications, but not all plans cover
that. Families like this one, need solid assistance with the extraordinary circumstances they face, that private insurance, and most family incomes
will not provide. Otherwise, many more people will be hurt, or killed, needlessly. Kids with autism are not in control of their aggression - but it
can be greatly reduced through communication and behavioral therapy, and a Team approach to care, including medication when needed. Not getting on a
soapbox here, just hoping someone looks at everything that led up to that moment, and new systems can be put in place to get assistance to folks
BEFORE a kid is a danger to himself/herself and others.
*sigh* I don't have all the answers, mind you, just a heaping dose of experience. This. Hurts.