Family, friends of those with autism concerned by suggested link to Newtown, Conn., massacre

So much of what we have been told about Friday’s horrible shooting in Newtown, Conn., has turned out to be incorrect upon further investigation. One early theory, which arose from reports of a police interview with Adam Lanza’s brother, Ryan, was that Adam had a “personality disorder” and was “somewhat autistic.” Accounts from those who knew Lanza in passing suggest that the alleged shooter was “a little off,” but in a rush to explain the horrible events at Sandy Hook Elementary, many are linking the shooting to autism — a troubling development to many.

Some are worried that reports on the shooting are using autism and mental illness interchangeably, where autism is a neurological condition.

Medications might be a factor, but that too is only a theory. Some in the medical field have a less-scientific but perhaps more plausible explanation for Lanza’s alleged acts.

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