As the mom of a 6-foot tall, 15-year-old boy with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, this scares me. Even though the teen in this article was wearing medic alert bracelets — to his credit — I still don’t understand this aggressive treatment. For any kid, not to mention one with autism and epilepsy.
We, as parents, need to inform and educate law enforcement. On an ongoing basis. I have complete respect for law enforcement, but I also know that their behavior in this case only exacerbated the issue.
One way to be proactive is to visit your local police dept. with your child/teen/young adult who has autism. Make the police aware of your child, and vice versa. Advocacy on our part as parents might help avoid these unfortunate events.