A nine-year-old boy in tears, being handcuffed by authorities is a disturbing scene no matter the context. This story's "further context" includes the fact that the child was autistic and being arrested for fighting back when a group of bullies attacked him. It was teachers that called the police to Needham Elementary School in Franklin, Indiana. Luckily, the boy's father was on the scene to support his son as two police officers cuffed him and led him out to the police car.
The boy was charged as a juvenile with battery and criminal mischief for fighting back when cornered and surrounded by a pack of bullies on the playground. After the cops were called the entire school was put on lockdown. Ronnie Shepperd, the boy's father, says it bega when his son was shoved to the ground on the playground. This is nothing new, he has gone to staff multiple times about the situation.
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"My son was being bullied by another kid and he told staff several times about it.
'Nothing was done so when the kid hit him twice in four days he fought back.
'Since he is autistic, he went into defense mode when he got hit so he hit a teacher after she broke up the fight.
'But when he calmed down he said sorry to the teacher'."
It is this reporter's fervent opinion that law enforcement should be better educated in dealing with children, the elderly and mentally ill, autistic and other special needs populations. As for the "adults" in charge at Needham Elementary, there's no excuse for not already being prepared.