Las Cruces mother and son clarify Asperger's Syndrome misconceptions
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Speculation about Asperger's Syndrome being the culprit behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting lead a Las Cruces mother and her son with the condition to speak out about the syndrome Tuesday afternoon.
Grant Levron, 16, was first diagnosed in the 8th grade and has learned to live with condition even teaching others about Asperger's.
"I kind of felt like I had a label on myself that I was someone with Asperger's syndrome and that would never change I would be seen as an "aspie" and that would never change for me," Levron said.
Levron is a junior at Mayfield High School and is an active student as the head editor of the Mayfield Broadcast Channel and excels in the classroom having earned the distinction as one of the mayor's top teens.
The young man has interests similar to any other kid his age.
"I play the guitar and the bass, I also kind of sing a little bit and I also love skate boarding," Levron said. "Skate boarding is one of my favorite hobbies."
Levron's mother Dee Casso said she remembers how difficult it was when her son was first diagnosed.
"I was devastated," Casso said. "Then I thought why should I be, I have this bright articulate loving compassionate young man."
Levron said it was hard at first for him as well, but now he's gained the skills to where people can't even tell he has the condition unless he tells them.
The condition falls under the umbrella of autism but people with Asperger's usually have less trouble speaking and it mainly affects an "aspie's" ability to be social.
Levron gained those social skills over time.
"As long as people are willing to accept you, you gain social skills," Levron said.
It's believed Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter in Connecticut had Asperger's syndrome.
After the tragic shooting where Lanza killed 20 children and 6 adults, there has been speculation his condition lead to the shooting.
"Just because he did this and he has asperger's syndrome those two have nothing to do with each other," Levron said.
His mother felt the same way about the stereotypes "aspies" have been receiving after the shooting.
"It's the same as saying someone with brown eyes committed this type of crime then it must be a brown eyed person crime," Casso said.
Casso explained her son has never been violent and on the contrary tries to be an outstanding young citizen.
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