This morning I got an email from a colleague of mine at the school I just retired from.
Fred,I am furious about this! Incredibly harmful coming from a dad of a child with Asbergers. I wrote to NBC immediately and said he should be fired finally! We work so hard to fight people’s misconceptions about people with special needs and then this buffoon states this on his show! The full quote is incredible….
You don’t want to generalize,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said today before saying that James Holmes, the suspected Aurora, Colo., shooter, was “on the autism scale.”
“As soon as I hear about this shooting, I knew who it was. I knew it was a young, white male, probably from an affluent neighborhood, disconnected from society — it happens time and time again. Most of it has to do with mental health; you have these people that are somewhere, I believe, on the autism scale,” said Scarborough, whose son has Asperger’s syndrome. “I don’t know if that’s the case here, but it happens more often than not. People that can walk around in society, they can function on college campuses — they can even excel on college campuses — but are socially disconnected.”
Nobody can possibly calculate the harm that Joe Scarborough has done.