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October 01, 2012  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

District investigates student handcuffing incident


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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County Public School System officials are investigating an incident involving an autistic student who was handcuffed by police on a bus after he allegedly bit other students and adults, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Police told the news source that the boy’s bus driver and aide called 911, and when officers responded, the driver and aide reported that they and two students had been bitten after the boy became aggressive and escaped his seat harness.

Rebecca Amani-Dove, a spokesperson for the school system, said that the driver and aide had received training for working with special-education students and correctly followed protocols for protecting passengers during the incident. However, the boy’s mother said the driver, aide and police officers should have treated her son differently, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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I AM A SPECIAL NEEDS BUS DRIVER AND I HAVE HAD STUDENTS THAT ARE AUTISTIC STUDENTS GET OUT OF THERE SAFETY VEST BEFORE. SOME OF THESE STUDENTS ARE VERY SMART. THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TALK, BUT THEY ARE SMART KIDS. I HAD A STUDENT GET OUT IF HIS HARNESS AND JUMP OUT THE BACK OF MY BUS. DEPENDING ON HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ON THE BUS, SOMETIMES MORE THEN ONE AIDE NEEDS TO BE PUT ON THE BUS. WERE I DRIVE SOME OF THE ROUTES HAVE MORE THEN ONE AIDE DO TO BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS WITH STUDENTS. THERE ARE ALSO SCHOOL THAT REFUSE TO GIVE US AIDE THEY DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY THEM.

CAROL    |    Oct 02, 2012 09:32 AM

Why should he be treated any different? Because he has special needs? If a NON special needs kid had done that he would have been handcuffed. Had they NOT handcuffed him and he seriously injured someone, they'd all be getting sued.

Dan    |    Oct 02, 2012 08:50 AM

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