An 8-year-old faces charges of battery after his special needs teacher filed a police report against him regarding an incident that occurred in the classroom. The police report filed states that the young boy hit the teacher in the face after she tried to take his iPad away from him during a lesson. The teacher says that he hit her hard enough to leave a bruise. Speaking to KRQE the boy’s mother said:
“I was not made aware that a police report had been filed against DJ
“Very shocking. Definitely was not prepared for a missed phone call from juvenile probation that my 8-year-old autistic child had failed to appear for a scheduled meeting. I called back and assured him there was a mistake.”
In the report the teacher says that she “didn't feel she should have to expect to get battered by her students and be okay with it.”
He's 8 and autistic. Why would she file a police report? https://t.co/djTh1LT8yX— Tyrone's Harlotrious Hussy (@connichameleon) April 9, 2018
The school meanwhile has issued a statement reading:
“There was an incident in early March where a 2nd-grade student punched a staff member.
“We cannot speak to student or personnel matters, but I can say that the school did not initiate the police report. In addition, we cannot prevent a staff member from personally filing a report. That is his or her right.”
DJ has ended his suspension now but his mother has still decided not to return him to school.
“I've chosen not to send my son to school this week because I found out about the report last week during spring break. I just felt this is not an environment that my son should return to,” she said.
“When he is in an environment that's really loud he starts wailing hands and he has hit in the past. We've talked about it's not okay to hit people and we need to come up with ways to better communicate with each other because hitting is not okay. He does understand that after the fact but he doesn't understand that in that situation.
“There's a wide range on the autism spectrum and being able to identify from one end to the next, that's where I feel like the public school system has really failed DJ.”
Despite efforts the press have been unable to contact the special needs teacher in question.