Why Was a Ten Year Old Autistic Boy Handcuffed and Arrested at School [VIDEO]

by Toni Williams on April 20, 2017

A Florida mother filmed her ten year old son being handcuffed and arrested at school. Her ten year old son is autistic. This ten year old child drops a lot of “f” bombs, so be prepared when you watch the video.

I will give you a second to let your blood pressure back down and the steam stop blowing out of your ears. Yeah, me too.

What heinous crime did this ten year old child commit to be arrested at school? This is from the Washington Post:

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.

“When John Benjamin was asked to go to timeout he refused,” according to the court records. The educator “attempted to remove the student and sent him back to the timeout place. At this point, John Benjamin started kicking and scratching and punching” him.

The educator “had to restrain the student, he advised he came around the student and wrapped his arms around the upper chest as to not restrict child’s breathing,” according to the documents.

Ten year old child being handcuffed at school

First of all, the mother, Luanne Haygood, is my new “mother” hero. I would have been bouncing off six surfaces, if they had done that to my son. Where is the warrant? Did they read the ten year old child his rights? Handcuffing? I don’t get this at all. And, putting the child in the back of the squad car without me. I would have laid down in front of the squad car. Of course, then I would have been arrested and been of no good to my child.

This mother did the right thing. She remained calm and videotaped this ordeal so that the rest of us could be outraged. But wait, it gets more disgusting. He spent the night in juvenile detention and only had one meal in twelve hours.

Imagine your child in the back of a squad car.

The underlying “crime” occurred in October. The ten year old autistic child was expelled from school. The “educator” files a complaint. The ten year old autistic child comes in for testing on April 12. The child is recognized by staff at the school and the county sheriffs are called to arrest the ten year old autistic child. The child is handcuffed, arrested, placed in the back of a squad car without a parent. The child is processed through the court, taken to juvenile detention for the night, fed only once in twelve hours and without benefit of someone who can calm him. This is not America. To quote former President Barack Obama, “These are not our values.”

I want the entire school system to apologize to this ten year old child. I want the entire school system fired. I want this mother to own that school system.

From the WaPo article:

Scott Badesch, president of the Autism Society of America, said the organization has been in contact with Haygood to help provide support services and legal counsel.

“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.”

Badesch said the Autism Society is examining the case to determine whether it should ask the Justice Department and the Education Department to investigate any wrongdoing.

Yea, ya think? By the way, this is the ten year old child when he is not being handcuffed and arrested.

Luanne Haygood and her son

I have a son who was once ten years old and I have been ten years old myself. Neither of us are autistic. We would not have been as well behaved at this child who only dropped a few “f” bombs. Trust. Shame on all these people.

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Scott April 20, 2017 at 9:35 am

hmm, where’s the ACLU on this one? talk about a violation of his civil rights…. I agree 100% Toni, everyone involved in this crime on the side of the school and police need to learn a new phrase… ” would you like fries with that?”… because after this, they should all be looking for work, and should not be able to get anything better than fast food!


Toni Williams April 20, 2017 at 10:20 am

Do you think they could get work in Food Service? You have to be nice to the customer there.


GWB April 20, 2017 at 10:22 am

You have to be nice to the customer there.

Not where I live…………
(OK, mostly it’s true. But there’s a few places that… oy.)


GWB April 20, 2017 at 10:21 am

I want the entire school system to apologize to this ten year old child. I want the entire school system fired.

Except this is the only possibility when you take actual disciplinary tools out of the hands of the school system. When teachers and administrators are not allowed to discipline children properly, then truly problematic instances (and he refused to be disciplined – that’s problematic) have to escalate to the level of a legal problem. (She’s probably only allowed to wrap her arms around this kid because it’s Special Ed. A lot of teachers can’t even touch their students.)

Where is the warrant?

Ummm, there was no evidentiary search or violation of sanctity to make the arrest. No warrant was needed.
And the handcuffing is procedure. What would be the public outrage take if he weren’t and something happened?

The child is recognized by staff at the school and the county sheriffs are called to arrest the ten year old autistic child.

Wait, wha? So, this isn’t even an issue of arresting him for being disruptive? This is because he re-entered school grounds after being expelled? Or did the police just not know where this hardened criminal was hiding out for the last 6 months?

There does seem to be more to this. That the educator filed a complaint is significant. Either they’re a giant douchebag (and don’t have standing, since they basically agree that school discipline handles these things when they become an educator) or there’s something else (maybe the kid egged her house or something) as the basis for the complaint.

(BTW, I hate to comment when I can’t watch the video, but it’s such a PITA to watch videos where I usually am. So, if the video clears anything up, I apologize.)


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