After an autistic boy punched his kindergarten teacher in the nose, administrators at Franklin Elementary School in Logansport, Indiana, contacted the police, who charged the boy with battery:
“We had a teacher that was struck in the nose by a student,” said Franklin principal Hayley LaDow. “A police report was filed. That police report has been turned over by the police to the prosecuting attorney and that prosecuting attorney is the one that determines whether charges will be filed.”
The boy's mother, Brandi Velasquez, feels that her son's needs have not been taken seriously:
“He’s just thrown into a regular kindergarten class right now,” said Velasquez. She said she has requested and been denied one-on-one instruction for her son.
The boy has escaped from school grounds before, she said, and at other times has gotten aggressive. The school has a special code for him, she said, “Code Bulldog.” However, she added that Wednesday was the first time he’s hit a staff member.
Conservative Member of Parliament Oliver Coville is objecting to the way police in Plymouth treated a 19-year-old autistic woman they picked up for behaving aggressively:
Mr Colvile told MPs: "She was arrested, heavily restrained, completely stripped and put into a body suit. I find this all quite depressing.
"When her mother went to Charles Cross Police Station she found her daughter in quite a state. She was banging her head against the wall."
An eleven-year-old autistic boy was handcuffed after biting staff and other students on a Maryland school bus:
According to Howard County police, the boy's bus driver and aide called 911 on Wednesday afternoon. When officers responded to the bus at Whiskey Bottom Road and All Saints Road near Laurel, the driver and aide reported that they and two students had been bitten by the 11-year-old after the boy became aggressive and escaped his seat harness, police said.
"An officer tried to restrain the boy and ultimately placed him in handcuffs for his own safety and the safety of the others on the bus," Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman, said in an email. "The use of handcuffs is determined by the potential danger of the person to himself or someone else."
The driver, aide and two other students sustained minor injuries; no one was taken to a hospital and no arrest was made, police said.
The boy's mother, Judy Santelices of Columbia, said the bus driver, aide and police officers "should have treated my son differently. They should know how to handle autistic kids."
David Jordan, a 20 year old autistic man, was shot and killed in his Long Beach, California, home by police last Tuesday:
When officers arrived at the residence, they attempted to remove the two females that were inside with the suspect in an attempt to avoid them becoming hostages. While at the front door, however, suspect David Jordan approached and lunged at one of the officers with a knife, causing the officer to discharge his weapon. The suspect threw the knife at the officers and then armed himself with a second knife. When he again moved towards the officers in a threatening manner, he was shot a second time.
David's grandmother says she called for an ambulance:
"I didn't call the police; I called the ambulance because he needed immediate medical help," said Mrs. Jordan. She adopted him at age 3 or 4 and said he did not learn to speak until age 9. David called her "grandmother," she said.
"I told them he had autism. I told 9-1-1, and then when I opened the door to the police, I told them," she said. "They had guns in their hands."
The Long Beach Police Department has announced that it will not respond to any additional questions nor comment further until investigations into the shooting are completed. Since the coroner's office may need forensics tests, such investigations can take months.
David died on his second day of college.
This happened before to Nicholas Pesare.
It happened to Stephon Watts.
Matthew Savinelli, an unarmed security guard with Asperger's syndrome, was taken into police custody yesterday morning after a standoff with the police that lasted all night. Police say that Savinelli claimed to have a weapon.
Parenting tip: do not call the police because your adult son has changed his diet:
Savinelli's mother, Candace Savinelli, said late Wednesday morning that her son has Asperger's syndrome, a disorder in the autism spectrum that causes him to become defensive if confronted with force.
She contacted police Tuesday to say she was concerned for his welfare. He has been depressed lately and has been taking whey, a milk product, to bulk up his muscles and it was causing his emotional distress, she said.
"He didn't have any guns. He didn't have anything," she said. "The only thing he did was refuse to come out of his apartment. We were concerned about his well-being and it ended up being this big standoff, which it shouldn't have been."