Ten Year Old Boy with Autism Arrested
Luanne Haygood had taken her son, John Benjamin, to school to be tested. The 10 year old child suffers from Autism. That is when the police arrived. Citing an active warrant, the officers proceeded to handcuff and arrest the boy, who repeatedly said that he “did not to be touched.”
Video of the incident shows the mother telling them the child has been diagnosed with Autism and asking what they were doing there. They refused to tell her what he was being arrested for, nor did they heed her pleas to be more gentle with her Autistic son. The same video shows a clearly upset and confused child begging his mother to tell him what was going on. Lacking any real response from the police officers, she was unable to do that. At one point John Benjamin tells his mother that he blames her for what is going on.
No one told law enforcement that the child had Autism.
At no point in this upsetting video did anyone at the school step in and tell the law enforcement officers that John Benjamin is Autistic. One common problem that people with the disorder have is a sensitivity to being touched. During the whole episode, no one told the mother what exactly her child was being arrested for or why her 10 year old son needed to be taken out in handcuffs.
Luanne would find out later what the problem was. Six months prior to that, John Benjamin was afraid of a staff member at the school and he kicked that person. As a consequence, a warrant for battery, which is a third degree felony, had been issued. Despite knowing where the family lived, the law enforcement officers said they could not execute the warrant until he was back at school. He had been suspended for the incident.
Apparently, no one at the school thought they needed to tell the state’s attorney that the child had Autism. That office has now said they plan to take his situation into consideration before they decide how to proceed. John Benjamin was clearly terrified throughout the arrest. His mother describes his state of mind this way, “His lip was quivering, he was scared. He could barely say his own name. It was because of his autism that spurred this incident and he was arrested for that. Unfortunately, instead of treating or accommodating, we arrest because we don’t know what else to do.”
The boy’s terrifying experience did not end with the arrest. He was forced to spend the night in juvenile detention before being allowed to go home.
More in News
What this Jewish Nurse did to Save a Palestinian Life
Ula Ostrowski-Zak, a Jewish nurse working in an Israeli hospital, surprised the world with her heartwarming and unusual gesture which saved...Jun 27, 2017
Vancouver Phasing Out Styrofoam Cups, Plastic Bags in ‘Greenest City’ Effort
Having launched an action plan seven years ago to be the greenest city, Vancouver has set the goal of reducing landfill...Jun 27, 2017
Boy, 10, Invents Device to Save Kids Left in Hot Cars
A fifth-grader in Texas is working on a device that aims to prevent kids from dying from heatstroke when they are accidentally...Jun 23, 2017
Clever Pill Bottle Lid Could Hopefully Hinder Prescription Drug Abuse
Based on a 2013 NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) survey, a whopping $78.5 billion is lost to prescription opioid abuse....Jun 20, 2017
New England Welcomes Back Endangered Grey Seal Population
Recent aerial survey conducted over the New England region revealed that the dwindling grey seal population is finally restoring a healthy...Jun 16, 2017
‘Tonight Show’ Slammed for Jamie Foxx’s Sign Language Imitation
A 28-year old model and deaf advocate was outraged by Jamie Foxx’s imitation of sign language on the Sunday night episode of...May 29, 2017
Ariana, Blondie, and Others Cancel UK Tours After Manchester Attack
After the suicide bombing in one of Ariana Grande’s concerts, more and more artists are canceling their performances in Europe. Just...May 26, 2017
Big Game Hunter Was Killed by Elephant He Intended To Kill
There’s a saying that “what goes around comes around” and in the case of Theunis Botha, a professional big game hunter,...May 22, 2017
Ex-Politician Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty to Lewd Texting With Teen
Former congressman Anthony Weiner is once again in the spotlight but this time, instead of stories of allegations, Weiner finally brought...May 20, 2017