7-year-old with special needs handcuffed at school
ARLINGTON, TX - A Texas family has hired an attorney after they say their 7-year-old son with special needs was handcuffed and subdued by police officers using a Taser in his school.
April Obin says her son has ADHD and a mood disorder and disrupts class several times a week. The school has counselors who are trained in how to help him cope. Obin says she was called in to school to pick up her son on a Tuesday morning and he was nowhere to be found. "Before she could get to the school, the DISD police department was called, and handcuffed the child and took the child away," said the family's lawyer, Amar Dhillon. Obin tells KTVT her son turned violent during an episode and started banging his head against the wall. The school was in the middle of standardized testing and the counselors weren't available, according to the family's attorney.
The attorney showed pictures of bruising the boy now has on his legs, bruises he says came from being hit on the legs with a baton. He also says marks on the 7-year-old's back are from a taser. "He did vividly describe being shocked and his body convulsing. And he was very clear about that," Dhillon said.
The school district says it can't confirm or deny the alleged incident due to federal laws that protect student privacy. The family's attorney says he and the school district's attorney are working together on the case.