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22 September 2007 @ 11:08 pm
Autistic teen assaulted by Idaho police  
Technically not in the "news media" since it hasn't reached that point, but there should be soon since the family is pressing charges. Anyone with advice about augmented communication (since the guy says they're "trying to help" his brother speak) or about some aspect of the legal situation, please do comment over there.

At gimp_vent: Post by the brother of a non-speaking autistic teen that was assaulted by police.

Short summary: police in Idaho saw an autistic 17-year-old have a meltdown, and despite his mother yelling protests, they tackled him, flipped him facedown onto his stomach, and handcuffed him. The family is pressing charges.

Parts using the original poster's words are in double-quotes; I'm just mostly following what he said.

Mark is a seventeen-year-old non-speaking autistic that will scratch at his face and pull people's hair during meltdowns. He attended a big family wedding and was "antsy" the whole time, then on the way home reached the meltdown point. He has done this enough that his mother knows how to keep driving despite having her hair pulled, and had the situation under control. However, a woman in another car saw what was going on, and called the police.

When the police showed up, the mother explained everything to them, but while she was being "interrogated" (quoting the video) Mark started melting down again. Despite him showing no aggression towards them, the policemen responded by tackling the boy to the ground even while the mother was yelling at them to leave the kid alone; they him onto his stomach (facedown restraint?), and handcuffed him. The family is planning to press assault charges against the police.
 
 
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(Anonymous) on January 4th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
I Need Help with my sons abuse by teachers
My mildly autistic son is being abused by his school teachers they throw him face down and leave marks on him and I don"t Kn ow what to do.... the school Denies they are doing any thing wrong... Any one Can contact Me by mail till I get a phone (Amy Crowe 514 west main Ashland Wi 54806)Please Help!!!
Moggymoggymania on January 5th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)
Re: I Need Help with my sons abuse by teachers
I'm not sure if you are checking this to see if you got a reply, but if you do -- I am contacting people through my journals (as well as other advocates that know far more about what to do), and will point them here. (I'll be sending a note snail-mail to make sure you know.)

You're absolutely right that they are doing something wrong -- it's illegal child abuse, particularly since you didn't give them permission, and staff have been sent rightfully to jail over it before.

If you don't have an email address, or don't want it put up in public, I'd suggest signing up for a free one over at Gmail. That way we can all keep in contact with you faster than the postal mail can send letters.
asylumabsconderasylumabsconder on January 6th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I Need Help with my sons abuse by teachers
Hi, I don't know your situation, but it sounds like you need to do some undercover work with a camera.

See if you can make time to go to his school, find his class, but don't let the teacher know you are there. If you had evidence like eye witness + video or still photo, you would not be denied.

I am curious though, how you have come to this conclusion. I don't want to contradict your belief, but I do want you to be certain about your accusations as to not hurt yourself. How did you find this information out?
Does your son communicate well to tell you about these events?
(I imagine that a teacher would more likely take advantage of a kid that could not report her actions)
Is there at all any possibility that his bruises were a result of his own accidental behavior? Could the teacher account for the bruises? (to say that he fell and bumped his head on the desk...)

Love your son but also you must look at these things from a legal stand point and seek assistance from the law when you can prove what has transpired. If such has occurred then believe that Justice will prevail and that you will find the truth to make it happen.