Attempted murder is and always is attempted murder. Moreover, the act of trying to kill someone is just as evil as it is to succeed in kill a person.
Today, I have heard the story of Issy Stapleton; a fourteen year old Autistic Person who is currently in hospital with Carbon Monoxide poisoning, after her mother, Kelli Stapleton, tried to commit suicide along with murdering her own daughter. Issy Stapleton will most probably suffer from severe brain damage due to this attempt of her own life.
There is absolutely no excuse for this act. This woman tried to murder her own daughter, and I honestly cannot imagine an act more evil than even thinking of killing your own child. The fact that Mrs Stapleton’s daughter is an Autistic Person does not change the severity of her crime, and so I, along with many others in the Autistic Community believe that she must not be charged lightly because of her daughter’s Autism. An Autistic Life is as equal in importance and an Unautistic one, and the justice system in America must be aware of this when sentencing Kelli Stapleton.
That being said, I believe that it is indisputable that there are not enough support services for parents of Autistic People. Could this evil act have been prevented by an increase of positive service? Perhaps. I think that the Autistic Rights Movement should aim to make sure that the parents of Autistic People are well cared for; because ultimately, if the parents cannot thrive, the children will never be able to thrive. Because of this fact, i believe that the parents of Autistic People are indeed members of the Autistic Community, and the Autistic Rights Movement must not overlook the issues these parents face.
Yes, it is upsetting that Kelli Stapleton slipped through the cracks; but again, this is no excuse for her to have tried to take the life of her own daughter. If Kelli Stapleton is given a lighter sentence by the jury, this only sends the fundamentally incorrect message that an Autistic Life is one of a lesser value. It sends the message that it is ‘ok’ for someone to try to kill an Autistic Person; that it’s even ok to succeed in killing an Autistic Person. For all of the people in the Autistic Community: Autistic People and their family, friends and partners, their parents and their children, we cannot let any justice system believe that this crime is of lesser evil just because Issy Stapleton is Autistic.