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Boy with autism arrested for assault after police called to classroom

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QUINCY, ILL. -- A Quincy mother is upset over the way she said school officials treated her son who has autism during an incident Friday at Baldwin South Intermediate School.

Brandi Kirchner said that her 9-year-old son Roger Parker, Jr. had "a meltdown" during class. School officials sent him to a special area to calm down.

The boy climbed a dividing wall and the school called in a police officer to deal with him, the mother said. In the attempt to pull Roger off the wall, the officer pulled the boy by his arms and legs, causing him to hit his eye on the divider, Kirchner said.

The officer then tried to restrain the boy when Roger swung around and kicked the officer in his nose, Kirchner said.

Kirchner said the officer pulled her son to the floor. He was handcuffed and taken to the police station. She had to go to the station to get her son.

"I asked to see my son. Forty-five minutes later, after they told me he did not need a parent present because he was under arrest and not being interrogated,” she said. “He was fingerprinted, photographed and booked for aggravated battery to a police officer.”

http://www.connecttristates.com/news/story.aspx?id=805042&fb_comment_id=fbc_519369261411943_113278635_519470304735172#f37239ed7c18548

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It is ridiculous that they would even consider arresting a child that young and with a disability, the boy clearly couldn't have know what he was doing at the time.

Some of the things our law enforcement officers have done in recent years are beyond inexcusable.

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I agree..law enforcement has the gung ho shoot first ask questions later mentality.. and nothing good ever comes from it.

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Idiot cop.

A kid who acts like that shouldn't be in regular school anyways.

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Idiot cop.

A kid who acts like that shouldn't be in regular school anyways.

Something we agree on for a change imagine that.

The boy was clearly troubled with the kind of size advantage a grown man has you would think he would be far more careful the bruises the kid suffered are completely inexcusable.

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Idiot cop.

A kid who acts like that shouldn't be in regular school anyways.

I'm willing to bet that he wasn't in "regular school". My elementary school had specific classes and, in fact, a separate wing of the school for special needs children. It's this way with most schools. I don't know of any school district that puts autistic, or otherwise disabled children, in with children who don't have disabilities.

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Ok, so I didn't read the entire article. Egg on my face.

Lee says the school has plans in place for students with special needs, and in many classrooms, teacher assistants called "Star Guides" are also on hand to help. He says there were star guides in the room during Friday's incident.

So I guess it would appear that special needs children are in the same classroom as regular children so long as they aren't severely mentally handicapped? Either way, that's a dumb poo policy.

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Yeah, they're lucky he just decided to climb a wall instead of another student. Everyone from the cop to the teacher to the parents are dumb-dumbs in this story.

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Idiot cop.

A kid who acts like that shouldn't be in regular school anyways.

You obviously don't know much about special ed kids...

I would need a few more details, I'll read the article later, but generally the cops aren't called unless a kid is threatening others. Also, most schools that deal with kids that have behavior disorders habe trained staff that can restrain them.

Sounds like the cop got hit and got pissed off... A generally bad situation.

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You're right, but I'm learning more since SuperMan started posting in the Tinderbox.

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