Autism, A Parent's Perspective

Classes will return to a regular schedule at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School today, although officials have postponed the mid-term exams. It's the first full day since a stabbing at the school last Friday claimed the life of a 15-year-old student.

The suspect, 16-year-old sophomore John Odgren, has pleaded not guilty and is currently being held in a Department of Youth Services facility. His defense attorney says Odgren has a mild form of autism, known as Asperger's Syndrome. Odgren was enrolled in a program that aims to teach students with special needs in a mainstream school.

Commentator Susan Senator says she worries that this tragic incident will cause people to rethink the mainstream philosophy.

This program aired on January 23, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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