Katie, who appears dismissive of behavioural disorders such as ADHD in her Huffington Post blog, quipped that the schoolgirl was not a ‘little girl’. “’We are looking at a little girl…’ Sorry, I am going to have to stop you there. That girl isn’t little #bornnaughty,” she wrote on twitter: ‘Honey is completing a story about three little pigs. She identifies strongly with this animal #bornnaughty’
‘Everything that has been suggested to Honey’s parents has been hopeless. I would suggest military discipline and a new name #BornNaughty’
The Channel 4 show, which features consultant paediatrician Dr Ravi Jayaram and family GP Dr Dawn Harper, shows Honey get diagnosed with mild autism as well as being told she suffers from Pathological Demand Avoidance, which is where she struggles to deal with demands of daily life. More than once Honey has forced her family to flee their home in Shropshire, shouting, swearing, and brandishing knives, forcing them to call the police. Honey’s terrifying behaviour was not restricted to home either – she even threatened to kill two classmates who teased her. Once Honey received treatment, she was leading a better and more comfortable life.
In another inflammatory tweet, Katie wrote: “The taxpayer is now forking out for play sessions for Honey and a special school. Supplemented by chocolate and red bull #bornnaughty” Responding to the former Celebrity Big Brother contestants tweets, one Twitter user wrote: “The tax payer doesn’t mind helping those in need. Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot. You big nosed coooo”. While another tweeted: “Stop bullying a child please!” She replied: “We are looking at a little girl…’ Sorry, I am going to have to stop you there. That girl isn’t little #bornnaughty” Claiming that Katie Hopkins herself shows signs of autism, an angered Twitter user wrote: “If anyone has autism its you as you show a clear lack of feeling, compassion or empathy for anyone.” While another added: “you are one nasty witch. And that’s being polite!” She replied: “Honey’s mum is thrilled her daughter has
pathological demand avoidance. Now a whole world of funding has opened up to her #bornnaughty”Despite her inflammatory and controversial Twitter posts in the past, one Twitter user was shocked by her latest posts. “Katie Hopkins how low can you go! Is there any group of people you haven’t offended yet. People with autism can’t help it…,” they wrote. Kevin Healey, an autism campaigner and ambassador for the UK said of Katie’s recent comments were “absolutely appalling”: “I see them has hate speech this Is not the first time she has mocked autism and ADHD, she’s gone way to far again. “Nearly 7000 people now have asked her to apologise but she refuses point blank.
The autism community is outraged and so is the ADHD community too.” Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs and Social Change at the National Autistic Society, said: “It’s unacceptable to talk about children in this aggressive way, regardless of whether they have a diagnosed condition like autism or not. “We recognise that writing to shock and offend is what Katie does, and nothing we can say will change that, but this is a new low. As well as being offensive, her comments took people’s attention away from the important issues raised in ‘Born Naughty?’. “Most concerning for us was how she made light of the importance of a diagnosis and getting the right support for the 1 in 100 people who are diagnosed with autism.
“In many areas of the country, parents have to wait for years for an assessment and diagnosis, not knowing how best to support their child. We should be focusing on what we can do to bring waiting times for assessments down and improve the support people get after diagnosis. “Despite the judgemental and damaging nature of her tweets, we were encouraged to see people responding by showing they understand the very real challenges faced by the estimated 2.7 million individuals and families affected by autism in the UK. “If Katie wants to really understand autism, we would like to invite her to come to meet some members of the National Autistic Society and hear about the challenges they face every day.”
[Via Daily Mirror