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Mom films arrest, handcuffing of autistic Florida boy

Mom films arrest, handcuffing of autistic Florida boy Florida mother films arrest of 10-year-old with autism at school
Eleena Tovar | 20 Abril, 2017, 13:49

Luanne Haygood told multiple news outlets that her son was arrested April 12 at his school in Okeechobee, Florida, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of West Palm Beach. A school resource officer can be seen standing over the boy as Luanne Haygood, the boy's mother, asks "Does he have the same rights as an adult?" He told me that and I told him you got to go back to school.

"He has autism. He doesn't know what's going on, he's scared to death, he's 10 years old", she said to the two arresting officers.

He had an outstanding warrant for the October incident, unbeknown to his family. She said the 10-year-old boy then spent the night at a juvenile facility in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Haygood explained to the officers that her son is on the autism spectrum and asks if she could ride with them to the police station, but officers refused.

John was expelled from school and instructed to complete work from home.

"I don't know what's going on, mama!" the little boy shouted as his mom tried to get answers from the deputies. "Please don't touch me", the boy says in the video. He was sitting in a cell on a stainless steel bench on the wall for several hours without being fed, without talking to me, without talking to anybody, " Haygood said. I don't want to be touched.

On Oct. 27, the educator reported, John Benjamin was being disruptive in class, "throwing paper balls around the classroom and hitting other students", according to a probable cause affidavit.

"It appears the school's responses are beyond wrong and evil", he said.

"It is a tremendous failure by two allegedly responsible institutions - the police and the school", president Scott Badesch told The Washington Post.

In a statement to CBS, the school district indicated that "it has been district procedure to invite students in to take the Florida Standards Assessment".

The sheriff's office and prosecutors told WWLP that they weren't aware the 10-year-old had autism, and the state's attorney said it will be taken into consideration as they look at the case. But, she noted, the district would not "invite someone to one of our campuses for the sole objective to arrest".

The Okeechobee School County District released a statement to local media saying they invite students to take Florida Standards assessment and that they "would not invite someone to one of our campuses for the sole objective to arrest". John Benjamin is due in court on May 11.