Mother Outraged After School Incident Results in Officer Handcuffing 7-Year-Old Son With Autism
A mother is outraged after her 7-year-old son was handcuffed and detained at his elementary school.
Sande Bard-Butler says her son, Allen, who has autism and a traumatic brain injury, was handcuffed by a school resource officer at Calusa Elementary School in Boca Raton, Florida, who then tried to to involuntarily commit him at a mental health hospital, 10News WTSP reported.
Allen, who can be aggressive when triggered, according to his mother, had a meltdown where he lashed out at his special needs teacher, raising a pencil as if to stab her. That’s when the resource officer handcuffed him and tried to commit him to North Bay Recovery Center in Lutz, Florida, but a doctor there refused to admit him.
“Allen can get triggered and upset and be very aggressive, but if you handle it in the right way, it can be de-escalated very quickly,” Butler told 10News WTSP. “They put him on his stomach on the floor and put handcuffs behind his back. I’m frustrated, and angry, very angry.”
Bard-Butler posted photos on Facebook of her son’s wrists after he had the handcuffs taken off.
I am so disgusted with the school system here. Allen says a child stepped on his lunch today so the teacher threw it… Posted by Sande Bard-Butler on Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Mighty reached out to both the school district and the sheriff’s office for comment but have yet to hear back.