As the world is in a dither over Covid, the autism world continues to crash forward into Lord knows what worries and horrors. Anne Dachel catalogs the nightmare that is facing families, schools and soon entire State systems. How long have we had big BLUE acceptance messages about autism? Still, the penalties mount. How long has neurodiversity preached that autism is just a difference in thinking? Still the penalties mount. How many billions have been spent on useless genetics and other studies (puppets!)? And still the penalties mount.
Here's a case sure to sink your heart. A 12 year old boy in trouble because he scripted from a video game. Let's talk about the video game. It's called "Red Dead Redemption." Its rating is M for Mature, age 17+. Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.
"Jadon's favorite video game is Red Dead Redemption, a game he played with his older brother to bond. Clips posted online show the main character creating what the game calls "fire bottles" with gasoline then burning everything his path. Jadon read it that way in an online description of the game too."
The boy with autism is 12 and if he is like my own children, his developmental and emotional age does not match his chronological age. My daughter is 26 and scripts Elmo's World and Blues Clues and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. If she played or watched Red Dead Redemption, in time she would script it. In fact, she saw me preparing this post and said, "It's a fire. It's a fire." She is not planning to or going to light a fire. I know this. I don't want to "blame" Mom for this situation. I'm sure she, like us, has her hands very full - to overflowing. Who among us hasn't let the video game or YouTube babysit for a precious moment so we could use the bathroom, work from home, breathe for a moment? The consequence for the boy is steep. And he's only 12. What happens when he is 18, 25? 35?
By Anne Dachel
I HAVE NO WORDS FOR THIS INSANITY.... BTW.....we're told teachers in Cobb County are "experts" in dealing with disabled students.
August 4, 2021, KMOV4, St. Louis, MO: 12-year-old Georgia student with autism charged with felony
COBB COUNTY, Georgia (WGCL) -- A Cobb County 12-year-old student faces felony charges after threatening to burn people and property at his school. But, he has Autism and his family argues, the proper protocols for students with disabilities were not followed prior to charges being filed.
Jadon Ringland's family told CBS46, he was only repeating what he saw and heard in a video game, repeating phrases is a diagnosed symptom of his disorder, also known as "scripting."