Young boy with autism arrested in Florida

I think I need to note how deeply, deeply disturbing I find this video report from The Young Turks up. I came across it last night and was utterly bewildered by it’s savagery. It shows a young boy with fairly severe autism being arrested by cops in Florida. The boy was apparently misbehaving at school. When I first saw it, I didn’t know what to think, and still don’t. Surely the adults concerned – teachers and police – realise that a child on the autistic spectrum doesn’t know what he is doing is wrong. He does not understand his behaviour as others do. I’ve been working with kids on the spectrum at Charlton Park Academy for seven years; to see a child like that treated in such a way is horrifying. Frankly, this is not the type of behaviour one expects to see in a modern, western democracy. I really hope this is not symptomatic of the times in which we now live.

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