MOTIVE: Adam Lanza May Have Been Upset His Mother Was Planning to Commit Him (Video)

According to a local Newtown resident and Marine, Adam Lanza may have committed mass murder after learning his mother had petitioned the court to have him committed. Adam was also jealous of the time his mother had spent at Sandy Hook.
Via FOX News:

FOX News

The gunman who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility, according to a lifelong resident of the area who was familiar with the killer’s family and several of the victims’ families.

Adam Lanza, 20, targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after killing his mother early Friday because he believed she loved the school “more than she loved him,” said Joshua Flashman, 25, who grew up not far from where the shooting took place. Flashman, a U.S. Marine, is the son of a pastor at an area church where many of the victims’ families worship.

“From what I’ve been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”

A senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed that Lanza’s anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health treatment” is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting.

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  • Bigkahuna

    About like union members when you tell them they have accept right to work laws and welfare rats when you tell them to get a job or take a drug test.

  • Freddy

    After all the stumbling, bumbling, and fumbling, the media starts to get to the truth!

  • ★FALCON★

    According to a Source via Brietbart –
    Source: CT Murderer Lived in Windowless Basement Playing Violent Video Games
    Adam Lanza, the shooter who massacred 20 children and six adults last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, spent hours in the windowless basement of his home playing violent video games like “Call of Duty” and obsessing over “guns and military equipment.”

  • Ghost

    I noticed that all the “tributes” to the victims at this weekend’s NFL games (and other commenters on Radio/TV) say 26 dead. Why not 27?
    why is his mother not a victim? she was reportedly shot four times in the face, perhaps in her sleep- hard to imagine that she saw this coming, or was in any way responsible.

    Don’t trust any media representations of the mother, it’s a good bet they have an agenda to pick with her. My gut feeling is that she was a good mom who did the best she could, realized she was losing influence with him and was moving in the right direction to resolve this incorrigible problem.

    One thing we do know, she’s not around to defend herself.

    p.s. – why no mention anywhere of the Portland, Oregon shopping mall murders- that also just happen last week, right? what am I missing? …oh

  • ★FALCON★

    Who wants to go to a psychiatric facility when you can sit around all day in your underwear eating cheetos without a care in the world.

    It’s the dream of every 20 year old loser who didn’t go to college, has no friends, and no future.

  • Ghost

    what would Robert Lincoln do?

  • SeaBass

    Now what silly libs? Maybe, if this report is true, the lib courts should acted sooner? Sick people have the rights protected as they should, but at the cost of all? Lets have a “National Discussion” about the libs setting loose the insane while we are discussing guns

  • Everyone should be disguised by media reporting this terrible shooting ….last night some in media was blaming this mother ……..none in media came close to reporting the truth in last 5 days , what some of us already piece together that this was very serious mental ill young man….

  • Look-Out

    So I get my question answered…

    I wondered on one of these threads WHY Adam targeted that school, those young children. Children so young it would break hearts. Even cause outrage.

    Now, for some reason, his mother loved that school. Even though no one at the school knew her…right?

    But Adam was sure she loved that elementary school more than him…

    And it was really important that he destroy his hard drive.

    Guess I don’t understand the mentally ill.

  • ★FALCON★

    #6 December 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    Ghost commented:

    I noticed that all the “tributes” to the victims at this weekend’s NFL games (and other commenters on Radio/TV) say 26 dead. Why not 27?
    why is his mother not a victim? she was reportedly shot four times in the face, perhaps in her sleep- hard to imagine that she saw this coming, or was in any way responsible.

    Ghost, I’ll admit I have been critical of the mother, Nancy. She fif make a ton of mistakes. Most mistakes parents make don’t cost the lives of 26 other people.

    But let’s face the facts – Nancy is going to be the fall guy and not the school for somehow allowing this monster into the building. And don’t everyone start posting that he shot his way in. I don’t believe it.

    As for the NFL – it’s become the gayest league out there. In the Cowboy’s game this weekend the kid that killed his teammate in a DUI vehicular homicide was right there on the sidelines. Why not just let him play. Sending the wrong message? The wrong message was not terminating his contract after his second DUI cost a person his life.

    The NFL under Roger Goodell thinks they need to be politically active. From the breast cancer to the rest of the political mumbo jumbo they push they’re driving fans away. Just play the damn game and that’s that.

    Parents have alot to deal with, especially with the liberals brain draining your kids – it’s not easy to work, pay taxes and raise your kids.

    Is Nancy culpable? Of course, she had unsecured weapons in the house and a mentally deranged person living under her roof. But she’s dead and paid for her mistakes. and so did society.

  • Look-Out

    I also don’t understand the mother.

    She knew he was nuts. So much so that she was going to commit him. And told a babysitter to “not turn your back on him”. But she let him spend all his time playing violent video games.

    And thought it’d be a good idea to go target shooting.

    NONE OF THIS MAKES SENSE. Unless you’re a libleftie.

  • BurmaShave

    #3 Bigkahuna commented:
    “About like union members when you tell them they have accept right to work laws and welfare rats when you tell them to get a job or take a drug test.”

    I think you nailed it.

    Ergo the Progressive “solution” to these problems is to ban guns.

    I have heard that in China, where they have four times as many people to massacre and four times as many lunatics to do the job, guns are banned so the berserk lunatics simply use butcher knives. They have these problems perhaps four times as frequently as here in the US, but their media is even more tightly controlled than here so these events never get reported. At least that tamps down the copycat lunatics.

  • Look-Out

    re #13 — That would be *take him* target shooting *with her.*

    No. She certainly fills the Left’s idea of a domestic terrorist.

    She makes no sense whatsoever.


    I misread that and thought it was saying Adam was a Marine….I almost fell down.

    I can see that this could happen.

  • ★FALCON★

    #15 December 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    Look-Out commented:

    re #13 — That would be *take him* target shooting *with her.*

    No. She certainly fills the Left’s idea of a domestic terrorist.

    She makes no sense whatsoever.

    Wrong retard – Nidal Malik Hasan is a domestic terrorist. If Lanza would have screamed ‘Allah Akbar’ at the top of his lungs Obama would be sending Holder there to defend his reputation.

  • Matt

    Excuse me? I am a US Marine and a gun owner and what you stated is just irresponsible. You think all US Marines are bloodthirsty savages? I think you may need to educate yourself on what America’s military really stands for, you are so ignorant. I may be a Marine, but I wouldn’t want to hurt somebody unless it was my absolute last resort. I defend the freedom of people just like you and I never expect anything in return, not even recognition, but get slandered by you.

  • ★FALCON★

    Adam Lanza attended the Sandy Hook School as a boy, according to Flashman, who said Nancy Lanza had volunteered there for several years. Two law enforcement sources said they believed Nancy Lanza had been volunteering with kindergartners at the school. Most of Lanza’s victims were first graders sources believe Nancy Lanza may have worked with last year.

    So, according to the “corrected story” where nobody at the school every heard of Nancy Lanza is more cover-your-ass making.

    As I suspected all along – these ridiculous “stories” attempting to clarify were to placate the parents and to avoid any legal and financial liabilities.

  • ★FALCON★

    #18 December 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Matt commented:

    Excuse me? I am a US Marine and a gun owner and what you stated is just irresponsible. You think all US Marines are bloodthirsty savages?

    Liberals believe everything John Kerry and Jane Fonda tell ’em. It’s fits their narrative like a condom.

  • Jul Daven

    With all this talk about the mother…. Were was the FATHER???? Haven’t heard a word about him and what he did to help his ex-wife with the everyday needs of THEIR mentally ill son. SAD when the mother gets the blame for what their child does and the father is never mentioned. Adam was so bad the mother couldn’t handle him and she was going to commit him, If he were that out of control why didn’t the father, the male role model, step up to help? why was it “the mother” was going to commit him and not the “parents”?? … Just tired of everyone going on and on about what a bad mother she must have been, without asking where was the father…

  • wtd

    Adam’s mental illness was probably a major factor in his parent’s divorce, which from what I’ve thus far read, was amicable with the husband providing generously (financially) for both Adam and his mother. Adams sibling(s) was (were) also reported to have not spent any recent time with him, which indicates the tension in that household must have been extreme.

  • C

    Aspbergers IS connected to violence despite the media lies. Just google “aspberger syndrome” and “rage” or “explosive” and get the truth. Violence is a word that isn’t sympathetic, the
    psychiatrists like “soft language”

  • Joanne

    The young man murdered his mothe,r and then went and shot up the school where she volunteered. Obviously all this is connected, but still the ding dongs are trying to think up what might have set him off. People don’t murder their parents unless there is a connection to the motive. Most people have just ignored the fact that he shot and killed his OWN mother.

  • i believe the mother was some what in denial about how mental ill her son really was ,by taking him to gun range or having guns layig away ….we don’t know if any of us is true or not.So i refuse to put any blame on her until all the facts are in….

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  • SeaBass

    As to the Marine and all Marines, I would let a Marine take care of my childern for one reason, HONOR. Who in Washington has honor? Who in the media has honor? And God bless them when they take to the horrible business of killing evil.

  • AuntieMadder

    Why do they keep using childhood pics of Lanza? Do they want us to pity him and blame the guns?

  • does anyone know it his mother really had any connection to the school. people there have said they never heard of her?

    well if this prevents the media from blaming the shooting on the NRA they can always use their fallback candidate bush.

  • Servo1969

    So, let’s see here…

    What is the link in the chain of events that actually broke? The mother was by all accounts a good gun owner. She feared her son was nuts and dangerous. She may have tried to have him committed. Son got mad, went to the school he once attended, where Mom’s friends worked, where she may have worked at one time and had some altercation. About his mother’s plans? Don’t know at this time. So he kills her, steals her guns, kills her friends, and kills as many of those kids she loved as he could.

    Now, was it the mother’s access to guns that are to blame? Note: He had to kill his own mother to get them.

    No. The mother wanted to have him committed. But, wouldn’t you know it? It’s damn near impossible to have a person committed when they haven’t tried to kill anyone yet. And who is trying to blame everything on guns?

    The very people who made certain that it’s nearly impossible for crazy people to be committed!

    Progs – “Guns are bad! Guns are bad!”
    Cons – “What about all the crazy people?”
    Progs – “Shut up! Stop trying to change the subject! Guns are bad! Guns are bad!”

  • NoResolution

    There is no motive for killing children.

  • YourMaster

    Are they sure 0bama didn’t pay a visit and try to eat Adam’s dogs, gerbils, rodents, and cats?

  • NoResolution

    Oh and why does the news keep showing Adam as some little kid. He was 20 years old. Are they actually trying to make him the victim as they whine about gun control? Don’t answer. I will. Yes.

  • ★FALCON★

    She married her high school sweetheart Peter Lanza and they moved to Newtown, Connecticut, in 1999 where they moved into a $1.5m Colonial property.

    Ten years later however they divorced – but Nancy’s troubles were only just beginning.

    Speaking to MailOnline Marsha Lanza, from Crystal Lake, Illinois, said: ‘Nancy opened up with me and told me she had been diagnosed with MS.

    ‘This was a few years ago but I don’t think many of the family knew. She wasn’t someone to make a fuss. She accepted life as it was.

    ‘Over the last year she suddenly seemed to be traveling a lot. I know she went to England and was all over the US.

    ‘There was no sign her health was getting worse. She still looked beautiful, so full of life, but maybe she felt time was running out.’

    The Facebook conversation seems to back this up. On October 9, Nancy wrote to Marsha that she had been to ‘a little bit of everywhere’.

    She wrote: ‘Boston, New York, Maine, Toronto, London, San Francisco, Nantucket, Charlotte, Baltimore…that covers this year : )’

    Nancy also talked about wanting to move to a smaller house but did not want to sell her home at a loss.

    She also wanted to keep ‘stability’ for the sake of Adam, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s and was withdrawn.

    She writes of a ‘low key life and very happy’ but her family past has clearly disturbed her.

    Nancy, 52, said on Facebook that her half-sister Cheryl was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but that her father and her mother appear to have disowned the child.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    “From what I’ve been told….’ “From what I understand…” This is still all second hand conjecture. It may turn out to be true, but until there is something more substantial, it’s all gossip.

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  • Objective Analysis

    I hear rumors that this is about Adam’s father and the Libor Scandal where he was scheduled to testify before Congress on how international banks are manipulating rates on U.S. Citizens to pay for fraud in housing market, student loans, car loans, etc…

    After the massacre, Adam’s father is not going to testify. Irony indeed.

  • jtb012u340

    He “MAY” have been upset? MAY! More speculation and conjecture from the idiotic, satanic roman catholics that run our country. He was a devil, he was cutting himself and marking himself. DUH. Any moron who ever read a Bible knows this. Evidently Catholics cannot read. Nothing new here.

  • Patty

    The kid had no life. And he was going to see to that this babies didn’t either. He probably felt strong by watching his violent videos and he was an INTELLIGENT MONSTER.

    He had a plan and intended to end happiness for these families, U.S. families and the World. He achieved it and his intentions were to create an overwhelming sadness during the Holidays and his mother sad as her demise was, should never of had weapons within this young man’s reach knowing he was so sick.

  • Patty

    A mother protects her child from harm. And it is very tough for a mother alone to continuing caring for a mentally ill child continuously. She need help and though she was reaching for it, it was too late but I believe it was too late long ago. Especially with the father leaving the home.

    Both parents must take responsibility for their child. One child with father and this child with mother under these conditions, no wonder this tragedy happened. And there are many more case like Lanza waiting to possibly do the same thing. Sadly.

  • Patty

    People can say they know someone but they don’t know what is going on the privacy of the home.

  • DD14

    Regarding the pictures shown on tv of Adam. If you notice they are either from a high school year book (black and white photos) or of when he was much younger. I have a feeling there were no recent photos of him. Given what seems to be a major personality disorder that was mistakenly diagnosed as a developmental disorder, he most likely did not want photos taken of him. He probably avoided cameras. And I would guess his mother was in no mood to take pictures of him.

    Their living environment appeared to be highly stressful. No one from the family (immediate or extended) had seen Adam in years. It’s possible the family avoided them, but if I had to guess they (Adam & his mother) probably avoided the family members. The mother probably did not want other people seeing him in his condition (to keep up appearances or to avoid any outburst from him).

    I don’t think there is any sane way to describe his motive. I believe he PERCEIVED the elementary school as a threat. He was jealous, envious and hated them. He probably ruminated constantly about how the school and the children in that school represented this threat. It is very possible that he viewed them as something his mother wanted. A normal, happy, carefree & innocent child and all the loveliness that goes along with that. From the very beginning I thought that the fear and anger of being committed was one of the possible motives.

    Although I will not attack the mother as she is also a victim and may have not been equipped to handle a son like Adam, I will say that there is much, much more to her story. Everything they mention about her is very superficial – all she spoke about to friends and neighbors was landscaping, gardening and holiday lights. She did not appear overwhelmed or stressed. Only seeing a small portion of what her life was like with this son of hers, it is virtually impossible that she was stress-free and calm. Which means it was all an act. The woman had 6 (that we know of) guns. Three of which were assault weapons. Why on Earth would a housewife from Connecticut need this many guns, these type of guns & (the worst part) bring them around her mentally ill son?????? Did he use her i.d. and buy the assault rifle online without her knowledge?

    I obviously am very disturbed by all of this and want answers just as much as all of you. I am a mother of very small children and a child psychologist. I am having such a hard time wrapping my head around this. I pray for all the families. I do not think they will ever fully heal, but I pray they find some peace one day however far off that day may be.

  • Vicky Hernandez

    Wtd@ 4:48 PM
    You nailed it!

    A similar situation took place in my family. Only the parents didn’t divorce. The dad just went along his merry way and stopped protecting his wife. Even when the “boy” would become abusive. When the police would arrive neither parent would press charges. This “boy” was 48 years old.

    When the mom died, the rest of the kids got a restraining order and were finally able throw the bum out of their dad’s home.

    Now adays, on the few times he tries to worm his way into their lives, they’re not having any of it. It’s more like, “You seem to be doing well. See you later.”

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    “…because he believed she loved the school “more than she loved him,” said Joshua Flashman …”
    = = = = =

    I thought the school already stated she did not work there and they did not know her?

  • Patty

    “From what I’ve been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.


    Maybe not having friends, being different. She loved her son but they way she loved him is in question. He should have been around others like him. He would have shared a great deal and it might have help him from doing the unimaginable. He need a great deal of help before she made her decision and again the father was estranged. Maybe or Maybe not but guns, close off from a good social interaction. Something more and Some many unanswered questions still to be uncovered and the Father surely has a great deal of information.

    Lanza had problems so severe way before his mother’s committing him. And I have reservations on the word “commits”. There has to be specialists who know the right words and have great results with children like Lanza. He needed more help and more love from others and possibly his father.

  • BlaineC

    I have wondered if the school psychologist was a target. She had worked at the school for 18 years. With of all of Adam’s problems, I’m sure he visited her on at least one occasion while at Sandy Hooke. She may have been one of the first people to bring attention to Adam’s difficulties. Years later, if those difficulties were going to get him committed to an institution, he may very well have blamed her, at least in part.

  • BlaineC

    I believe this story. For one thing, it’s consistent with friends’ accounts that Nancy said she was moving away with Adam so that he could go to a “school” for special needs kids. I think the “school” was a euphemism for a psychiatric facility.

  • Patty


    Psychiatrist James Knoll told CNN’s Headline News today that Adam Lanza, the perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was acting in a “ritualistic” way during the horrific events. Knoll, who does research at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, said in a recent report that killers like Lanza see themselves as “pseudocommandos … driven by strong feelings of anger and resentment, in addition to having a paranoid character. He plans out the offense ritualistically, and comes prepared with a powerful arsenal of weapons.”

    The report continues: “[The pseudocommando] most often kills in public during the daytime. And has no escape planned. Pseudocommandos are ‘collectors of injustice’ who nurture their wounded narcissism and ultimately retreat into a fantasy life of violence and revenge.”

    Knoll wrote that killers like Lanza have an “obliterative mindset … his ‘self’ is already dead and … his physical death is of little consequence” in his own mind.

    Knoll emailed HLN to let them know that psychiatry couldn’t do much about these sorts of people. “We think far too shallow about these events. We concern ourselves with metal detectors, security systems, ‘profiles,’ preventing ‘the mentally ill’ from obtaining firearms. This is shallow, facile thinking. Want to make a material impact? Think deeper. Cultivate a respect for how to teach compassion, nonviolence and personal responsibility in individual minds.”

  • Patty

    his ‘self’ is already dead and … his physical death is of little consequence” in his own mind.


    If you don’t have friends, you are aware you have a problem and don’t feel normal, you are intelligent and award that parents have split and you now live with your mother, I just can’t help to think of
    Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho’

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  • Sahla

    How convenient. His hard drive was destroyed. It’s obvious Adam wasn’t as loved as his other brother. It’s also obvious Adam was put on “medication”. Look at his pupils and his numb sullen face.

  • Ami

    I honestly can not see the mother having a clue he was planning this. As a mother, of course we don’t think our kids are capable of such horrible acts as this. Although, if he showed any signs I would think she would of kept the guns out of the house or seeked help sooner. I don’t know if we will ever know the truth, but at the end of the day… We have lost 27 innocent people. The nation is mourning for every single one of them. We need to keep them ALL in our prayers and pray for healing to start. This is one of many tragedies that will not be forgotten. I liked reading everyone’s views on this. It’s comforting to see so many people care enough to be angry and question all the possibilities. We live in hard times and our children deserve to be safe. A huge thanks to our military, police, national guard, teachers, principals, nurses, and mental health care providers! The largest thanks to parents that care and love their children! God bless you!

  • Look-Out

    Since we’re looking for answers, let’s try a little conspiracy theory…Remember this?

    You don’t think they want to be proven right?

    Well, since the “real thing” won’t help them, they’d have to “create” their own. Vulnerable, highly stressed, unsuspecting/trusting people who could be manipulated might do it. You don’t think they didn’t do that (Frank Marshall Davis) to Barry?

    (I’ve also wanted to know more about the drugs and other testing/things they’re doing to our returning troops with PTSD.)

    This woman, living in an upscale neighborhood with almost $250,000/yr income – who told her sister-in-law in a recent email that she WAS VOLUNTEERING FOR A “FEW CHARITIES” (not at the school) – does not fit the picture of a “prepper” (in fact, one article said that was wrong) and “gun collector”. When did that start? Sounds more like someone turning a liberal into a big, bad conservative.

    Some decisions are so bizarre, they’re creepy: Did someone suggest she share the “gun fun” with her mentally unstable son since he was so into (violent) videos? And whose idea was it that she cut the two of them off from his father and brother for the last 2 years? They were divorced in ’09…Dems take over..and begin working on the vulnerable. In another email she mentioned her quite full year of TRAVELING (did Adam go with her or was he left ALONE? with his games?). That might have fed a feeling of being unloved. The people at the bar she’d hang out in a few nights a week said Adam came in and got some food there a few times, I think. Who was that man with her in the photo w/ RedSox gear(?) – she liked going to ball games. Too bad she didn’t share that healthy pasttime with her son.

    That child’s eyes CHANGED dramatically from a sweet-looking, normal young boy into the crazed look we see in the above video. SOMETHING HAPPENED. WHAT WAS IT? Did she have a normal, very bright child but was told her son was sick and was it suggested she take him out of school to homeschool? Was someone manipulating him through his computer? Does a crazed person take the time to destroy his hard drive? First time I’ve ever heard of it…

    There might be 21 children who deserve our tears right now.

  • Ana

    IN the eagerness to create a narrative for the “right” national debate, the media is making a fool of itself. Adam Lanza’s inanity and the mom’s story seem to have a mind of their own. They keep changing conviniently. Its almost as if some important people are scripting the news to manipulate the public opinion.
    If the mom was volunteering at the school, the school visitor check-in book will have that information. Even the president of America will be asked to sign in there. She would have signed in. His mom has to be some kind of obsessive person to have special LOVE for a school she was volunteering 10 years ago. I have volunteered at my son’s elementary school, when he moved to middle school, I went there and so on. I don’t have any special love for the elementary school that would cause some lunatic to “take it away” from me.

    If an Autistic person is Violent enough to carry out a covert operation like this, he/she MUST have a comorbid condition that causes acute psychosis or he must have been under a unmonitered mind altering drug. The very nature of Autism makes a person less interested in the world. When real experts (Not the half assed ones) say “violent” for an Autistic child, they mean he/she doesn’t have awareness and big enough to topple someone over the ledge or break their bones. They could cause harm to self or others. Lets say an Autistic person has a sudden meltdown, the worst that person can do is push you violently, strike or punch you hard enough to crack some ribs. scream or throw something at you haphazardly. They don’t have the mental faculties and alertness to engage in others socially or anti-socially. To be anti-social and hurt others, I must still have enough basic social skills to know people? I can enjoy hurting others only if I am into people positively or negatively. Autistic people couldn’t care less about people. So why and HOW would they plan such an eloborate war-zone like massacre?

    I work with Autistic kids in the middle school. They can be a handful when they have a meltdown once you understand what’s their stressor, what calms them they are so harmless and joy to work with. I hate to see such damaging statements and conclusions about Autism from ignorant self-proclaimed experts in the media.