A 10-year-old autistic boy was handcuffed by police in his elementary school as his mother watched on, not being able to do anything, for an incident that happened 6 months ago.
The child had come to the school to take a standardized exam, when instead he was ambushed by police and arrested. His mother repeatedly asked why without getting an answer.
Eventually, lawyers explained to her that he was being arrested for hitting a teacher, an incident that happened over 6 months ago. The mother says her son was already suspended and punished by the school for the incident. She had no idea the school put out a warrant for his arrest.
The police approached the autistic boy, who was very confused, and begged not to be touched. No one offered any explanation to the mother before they took the boy down to the precinct and had him spend the night in a juvenile facility.
The Daily Mail has more:
The boy cried and pleaded with the school resource deputies not to touch him in the disturbing cell phone video his mother posted on Facebook.
According to a school incident report, John was suspended for punching and kicking a school employee, who his mother claims is 6ft 4inches and weighs about 300 pounds.
John had been homebound for several months, and returned to school on Wednesday to take a standardized test.
Unbeknownst to the 10-year-old or his mother, the school employee he allegedly attacked decided to press charges, and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant.
When John arrived at school on Wednesday, an officer recognized the boy, who was then handcuffed and led into a police car.
In the video footage taken by his mom, John be seen crying in a chair and telling the two cops, ‘I don’t want to be touched! Please don’t touch me!’
Luanne can be heard trying to reassure her son while asking the police for an explanation. But they ignore her and march the 10-year-old outside.
Luanne then asks, ‘Can you tell me what is going on? Or have any paperwork that you can show me? Excuse me?’
But the cops continue to ignore her while John says, ‘I don’t know what’s going on!’
As the boy is led into the patrol car, Luanne says: ‘He has autism. He doesn’t know what’s going on, he’s scared to death and he’s 10 years old.’