A Bully’s Dream: An Aspie and the Court

12 Oct
“Evil teenagers who ‘tortured’ autistic boy, 17, for three days free to roam streets after judge fails to lock them up” an internet headline read and, obviously, caught my eye.  Sensationalist? At first glance, but then you read the facts of this case and you appreciate the title’s not-so-delicate choice of words. “The terrified teenager – who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism – was also pelted with dog mess, had his limbs scratched with sandpaper and was forced to drink vodka and gin until he passed out. Mobile phone footage showed the boys laughing and joking as they made him endure other abuse and, in a final humiliating assault, they applied adhesive tape to his genital area before ripping the tape off.”

So, let’s get this straight: All of his sensory systems, sense of right and wrong, pride, faith in humanity, and self-concept were ravaged for a……prank? Fun? Joke?

“Judge Jonathan Geake imposed three-month curfews on them and ordered them to carry out 80 hours unpaid community work as ‘an intensive alternative to custody’. He also ordered them to be supervised by probation officers for 12 months.” Not to be crass and insensitive, but a colleague received a “tougher” sentence for a speeding ticket last year.

Flip the coin for me — if the “bullies” had been three teens with ASDs, they would be hospitalized, at best, and the discharge papers would be misfiled.

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Posted by on October 12, 2010 in ASD in the Grand Scheme


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