A 10-year-old boy with autism was arrested last week at a school in Florida. His mother recorded the video on her phone. The student was arrested for felony battery against a teacher in an October incident, allegedly punching and kicking his teacher, which left scratches and marks. The report also noted that John had allegedly made threats to kill the teacher in a previous incident.
The school district sent the following statement to CNN in response to John's arrest:
"It has been district procedure to invite students in to take the Florida Standards Assessment. The district would not invite someone to one of our campuses for the sole purpose to arrest. The district routinely assists students by providing services from our board certified behavioral analyst, licensed mental health counselors, school social workers, and psychologists.
"As a team, these individuals develop interventions, conduct assessments, and offer support both at school and in the home in order to assist students and families.
"The district is unable to provide specific information as to both current and past incidents regarding this or any other student due to educational laws and rules. It is our hope that we can continue to work with all families to help their students improve both behaviorally and academically."