This is the first in a series of articles which will separate the myths from the facts on a type of autism many had not heard of until recently — Asperger’s Syndrome (also known as Asperger’s Disorder).
It was reported that the Connecticut school shooter, Adam Lanza, was diagnosed with AS, and many mistakenly assume AS predisposes an individual to violent behavior which is not true. AS is not a mental illness; it is a form of autism, often referred to as high-functioning autism . . .
What is Asperger’s Syndrome? Read about it here.
Attorney Irv Pinsky is taking the first steps to file a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut on behalf of a Sandy Hook school shooting survivor. Although the 6-year-old girl made it out safely, she is severely traumatized by hearing the horrific events unfold over the school’s loudspeaker . . .
Click here to read about school-shooting survivor’s legal action against the state of Connecticut.
Three Chicago public school teachers who lost their jobs this year have filed a lawsuit stating the district’s “turnaround” school process is discriminatory, because it targets African American teachers from west and south side schools. The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit, asking for class-action status, and the three teachers, Donald L. Garrett Jr., Robert Green and Vivonell Brown Jr., have joined the case . . .
Click here to read more about the teachers’ class-action suit against the Chicago Public Schools.
This is the first in an ongoing series of articles on celebrity philanthropists. Celebrity gossip abounds, but celebrities are human, and just like the rest of us — do good, volunteer and donate money to charity. “Celebrity Philanthropist in the News” pieces will focus on the positive aspects of the lives of the rich and famous.
Pop superstar, Robyn Rihanna Genty, better known mononymously as “Rihanna,” gave $1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The donation was given in honor of Rihanna’s grandmother, Clara “Dolly” Braithwaite, who passed away in June from cancer . . .
To read about Rihanna’s holiday season generosity, click here.
After-Christmas-day shopping is usually when bargain hunters storm retailers looking for deep discounts. But in Los Angeles, long lines formed outside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple where thousands exchanged guns for grocery gift cards donated by Ralphs . . .
Read the details on the L.A. gun buyback here.
A sixth grader in Kearns, Utah, brought a .22 caliber handgun to West Kearns Elementary School, saying he feared a school shooting like the one in Newtown, Conn. The boy was taken to a juvenile detention center . . .
For the full story, click here.
Rob Morris, the pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church, in Newtown, Conn., asked Addison, Ill.-based Lutheran Church Charites to help by sending K-9 comfort dogs to comfort the grieving. The organization sent a team of golden retrievers to the town where 27 people, mostly children, were killed in the second worst school-shooting in US history . . .
To discover how dogs are bringing comfort to the grieving in Newtown, Conn., click here.
At 5:00 a.m. on Friday, before the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., police in Bartlesville, Okla., 40 miles north of Tulsa, thwarted a school shooting plot. They arrested Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, 18 who is now in jail on a $1 million bond . . .
For details on a thwarted Oklahoma school shooting, click here.
Investigators believe Adam Lanza, who is now infamous, for killing his mother, 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and then himself had Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism. According to experts, there is no link between Asperger’s Syndrome, also known as Asperger’s Disorder, and mass murder . . .