A 10-year-old boy with autism has been arrested at a school in Florida after he allegedly assaulted his paraprofessional. John Haygood, a student in Okeechobee Achievement Academy has been recorded being handcuffed and escorted to the police car's back seat. The said video, who was recorded by his mother, shows how confused the young boy was.
"I don't know what's going on. I don't understand," John said. On the other hand, Luanne, the child's mother has asked the police if they could present any paperwork regarding the arrest.
The paraprofessional who has filed charges against the child with autism was left with marks and scratches after the incident in October. Apparently, it happened when John was troublesome in class. After hitting his classmates and throwing paper balls, the paraprofessional asked the child with autism to go out. However, John declined the request and when the aid assistant removed him, John attacked.
Allegedly, the child with autism had also threatened to kill the paraprofessional and that made him/her pursue criminal charges against the child, as CNN reported. The report said that they "had been given plenty of opportunities to change his behavior and has not."
John was expelled from the institution in October and since then, he has completed his tasks from school at home. However, he has returned to the school last week for a standardized test but he refused taking it.
Although the charges were dropped, State prosecutor Ashley Albright has pursued the charges for another reason. "The goal is to get the Department of Juvenile Justice and the state of Florida to provide some additional assistance and counseling for him," Albright insisted.
As far as many are concerned, autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that includes difficulty with socializing and communicating with other people. The majority of those who have autism "dislike being touched."