The young boy you see being arrested above is John Benjamin Haygood. He’s a ten-year-old student at Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida. And as you can tell from his behavior, he’s also diagnosed with Autism.
Now you’re probably wondering why this boy was being dragged away in handcuffs, despite the protests from both him and his mother. What did he do to warrant such manhandling by the cops?
He was throwing paper balls in class.
I wish I were making that up:
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.Words simply fail me. As someone with Asperger’s Syndrome myself, and as someone with vehement distrust of the state, this pisses me off on so many levels.
“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.
It was that October incident that led to her son’s arrest, Haygood said.
It was not known why the boy’s family was not informed of his outstanding warrant.
Seriously! F*** the police. F*** the public school system. And f*** how poorly our country treats people—especially children!—with autism and other special needs.