A 9-year-old boy with autism got a hefty dose of the police state after his father says he defended himself against bullies on the playground.
Franklin, IN — A heartbreaking video was uploaded to Facebook over the weekend by the father of a 9-year-old boy with autism, showing his son getting handcuffed and escorted out of school.
Ronnie Shepperd, the boy’s father was there filming as his son was arrested at Needham Elementary School.
“He’s watched the video several times. He still talks about it. He’s pretty traumatized over the whole ordeal. Any 9-year-old that’s being arrested, they don’t know what’s going on,” said Shepperd.
According to Shepperd, his little boy was defending himself against bullies who continuously hit him on the playground.
“Another student was bullying my son several times and he actually told the principal and a lot of staff members here who are in charge of recess about the bullying and they didn’t take no steps to make it safe,” said Shepperd.