Milestones Autism Resources Responds to Handcuffing Incident in Denton, Texas
Posted on 08/21/18 in School by Milestones
Recent body cam footage out of Denton, Texas, has shown a 10-year-old boy with autism being held to the ground by his neck, handcuffed, and dragged by a school resource officer. What can be seen in this video is unacceptable. Equally troubling is the recognition by the child and officer that this was not the first time it occurred, rather it appears to be an ongoing, deeply distressing strategy.
With 1 in 59 children being diagnosed with autism, educators, school officials and first responders must be equipped with the appropriate strategies to support this population and their unique communication challenges. School staff have a responsibility to educate themselves and, if needed, to seek community partners to assist them in serving their students with autism.
As a community, we must work together to prevent such trauma from happening to another child. By providing effective education to the professionals we trust our children with every day, we can improve the outcomes for individuals with autism and help them reach their own unique potential.
Milestones encourages those who serve the autism community to contact their local autism organization to get connected with training in their area. For links to helpful resources, please visit the Milestones Resource Center.
-Ilana Hoffer Skoff, Executive Director
Milestones Autism Resources
This piece was originally published as a Letter to the Editor on cleveland.com.