Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Police Handcuff 9 year old boy with autism following meltdown
I think if they really needed some intervention; they should call them but don't handcuff the poor guy for crying out loud! Did he kill anybody? No. He just threw some chairs and splashed some paint on the floor. So, why are they handcuffing him? If he didn't do anything criminally (against the law). Then why would they handcuff him? In a pair of adult handcuffs!! I guess they didn't know what to do.
Maybe police should have special training on dealing with situations that involve people with mental disabilities like autism. So that in a situation like this they can go in and know exactly what to do. Like putting the person in a quiet place by themselves so that they can work it out and come back when they're ready. NOT trying to calm them down and talk to them intensely. Putting a little boy in handcuffs makes him seem bad and them seem like they're mad at him instead of wanting to help work out the situation. People need to know about autism so they can help. There needs to be more education in the Government about it.