For being accused of pulling the fire alarm at school, a 13-year-old autistic boy was handcuffed and brought to jail and his mother fined.
'Detroit, MI — In the modern day police state, typical schoolyard shenanigans—like pulling a fire alarm—no longer land children in detention. Now, even children with special needs and autism, who may not even understand what they are doing, will be handcuffed, arrested, and thrown in jail. Angela Miller, mother of 13-year-old Jerel, just learned this the hard way when her son was handcuffed at school, arrested and brought to jail last for a similar incident.
Last week, Miller received a phone call from the Detroit police department telling her that her son was in jail. Shocked that her autistic son could’ve done something to be arrested, Miller asked why. She was told that her son was accused of pulling a fire alarm at Thirkell Elementary-Middle School.
Angela told WXYZ that Jerel has high-functioning autism and that when her son normally has trouble at school, the school will call her—not the cops—and she could help him over the phone. But that was not the case this time.
“They really have to get their act together because this don’t make sense,” said Angela.
The incident took place on Wednesday and Jerel has been terrified of returning to school since. His mother also questions the accusation of Jerel pulling the alarm as loud sounds are extremely painful for her son.
Angela also told WXYZ that her daughter, who attends the same school, told her that she never even heard the fire alarm and had no idea it was ever pulled.
Angela explained that the teacher simply got tired of Jerel and so she called police instead of attempting to solve any problems he was causing.'
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