On the 911 call, the mother said that she killed her children because having children with autism was too much for her to handle, she wanted "normal" children. There are reports that the mother had depression as well as other mental health issues.
I know first hand that having multiple children with autism can be hard, even on the good days, and that when you have something like depression on top of that you get a bad situation. But I think it goes without saying that there is no reason or excuse for what happened.
Autism is never a justification to murder your children.
I don't think that anyone, regardless of their beliefs about autism, would want something like this to happen. And yet, there are those who seem unable to resist using this horrific event to further their autism agenda.
As was pointed out on Autism's Gadly, an individual by the name Sarah Pripas wrote about she thinks that events happened because of the negative talk about autism. The post is short and to the point, but here are some highlights -
This is where hatred leads. A woman in Texas is believed to have strangled her two autistic children. ...
... the underlying feeling of entitlement to a "normal" child, and the feelings of victimization upon having an autistic child, is a staple of autism rhetoric. This kind of rhetoric really is dangerous.
This is the reason why hateful representations from well-meaning people and organizations need to be firmly opposed.Go read the rest of the post if you want to get your blood boiling. I don't have any clue what the heck this person is thinking in writing what she did, but I have a few thoughts of my own that I feel the need to share with her.
First, foremost, and most importantly - we are talking about two children being murdered by their mother. You DO NOT use the murder of children to make an ideological point nor do you sit around and basically say "I told you so". You just do not do that. Period.
Second, these murders had nothing to do with autism. You might think it is about autism, but there are many parents whose children have autism and who don't think happy thoughts about autism. But strangely, we don't go around murdering people because of it. The problem here was not autism but rather what was going on inside the mother's head. She decided that she did not like her life or her life with her children and took action to end it. Go look up the narcissism if you hare having trouble with the concept.
Third, having one or more children with autism can be very stressful. If you don't think that is the case then you are simply deluding yourself. What do you think would happen to that stress if parents were forbidden by the laws of political correctness from talking about what their lives are like because of autism? What do you think would happen if parents not only had to deal with autism but were forced by society to put a happy face on what can be a difficult situation and bottle up the stress and tension? How well do you think that is going to work? Autism can suck royally for both the parents and child and no amount of positive thinking or ignoring reality is going to change that.
Lastly, if you really think that those of us who have "hateful" (aka realistic) views of autism in any way shape or form provided a justification for murder or caused these two children to be murdered, then you can go to hell and take your idiocy with you.
The autism world doesn't need people who use the murder of children to prove a point.