article is disturbing to me. Since when is it against the law to sit under a tree? Or go to the library? And does the fact, that the young man is black and suffering from Aspergers a mild form of autism make them fit the description of a thug? Are all young black men labeled criminals automatically? The reason why this article disturbs me the most is because I have a grandchild who is around the same age as this young man who has Aspergers.
My grandson is a really good kid, very mannerable, and highly intelligent. When I read this article, I said to myself this could have happened to my grandson, because he loves to walk too. He also likes to read scientific books, loves technology, and is very creative. My grandson is getting ready to attend college this fall and is working on creating a video software game. In every academic test that he has been given he has scored higher than anyone in the schools he has attended and can take a test without studying for it with ease. We have a program out my way called GATE for gifted children. He took the test and passed it with a perfect score.
When he was two years old, he was a whiz on the computer. In fact, he was the one that taught me about computers. At the age of five years old, he talked about building a Time Portal to transport people into time and went on to design how he wanted it to look and it wasn't one of those little scribble pictures that preschoolers make that you have to pretend that you know what it is that they drew. It was perfectly shaped and looked like an igloo. Einstein, Mozart, and Marie Curie had Aspergers. However, Aspergers does have its downfall, which you read in the link I put to the article about the symptoms of Aspergers.
This is one story that I can put myself in this young man's mother's shoes and know exactly how she must feel and what she is going through. I can even picture everything this mother is talking about regarding the problem her son has and is facing right now, because I know exactly what she is talking about and how people with Aspergers are misunderstood by people and how situations like this can throw them off balance and send them into a deep depression.
"For the next 11 days, Neli was held without bail, and in isolation at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Police allowed Neli's school counselor to visit, and she relayed messages and information to Lisa, who was allowed only one visit. "He wasn't able to speak or communicate with me. He appeared to be in a catatonic state," Lisa says."~~Ken Reibel, Huffingtonpost~~
"Neli told his mother that the school officer threatened him, and that Neli said "You're harassing me. You're not allowed to do that. I know my rights," then turned and walked away. According to Neli, the officer grabbed him from behind and choked him. Police reports say a scuffle ensued, during which the officer pepper sprayed Neli. The police version, which you can read here, says Neli then took the spray from the officer and turned it on him." ~~Ken Reibel, Huffingtonpost~
People with Aspergers are brutality honest and are quick to let people know when that person is doing something wrong, because they don't like it when people do bad things. They don't mean any harm by it, they can't help it, but they just feel that everyone should be good and not do bad things. A lot of noise makes them nervous, they like quiet settings. In addition, they hate violence, they will cry like a baby, because they are really against hurting or harming another human being in any type of form or fashion. They sometimes have problems expressing their feelings.
Whoever, called the police with that false report is reponsible for causing this incident to happen. Why people think that every time they see a young black man sitting under a tree minding his own business he has to have a gun or be a thug is beyond does more damage than good. After all, black men like to sit down and relax under a tree and go the library too. Where is the crime in that?