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View Diary: 2nd Update: Our Autistic Son's Arrest in the Press, YOU got the District's Attention, They Freak Out (251 comments)

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    NancyWH, dsnodgrass, spacecadet1

    as follows. This really is outrageous on many levels, as observed by many above. I second the motion for a legal defense fund. I post it here to emphasize that your son being autistic makes the entrapment -so- much more pernicious.

     "I am a pediatrician with 30 years experience. A universally accepted and key element in making a diagnosis of autism is the child's inability to perceive social cues. You are simply not allowed to make the diagnosis unless this deficit is proven . This "social blindness" has been clearly demonstrated to exist in infancy, it is not in any way related to upbringing or parental behavior. Autistic kids truly see the world differently from the beginning. This would make it impossible for the young man to to even understand, let alone resist, the entrapment efforts of this officer (60 texts!!).

    This law enforcement sting is wrong-headed on so many different levels. Ethically and morally what the officer did to this young man is abhorrent, targeting him as easy prey. On a practical basis has been a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars that will have no effect on the availability of marijuana to the students (as has been proven by decades of experience). Financially speaking, in addition to the wasted dollars spent by our over-burdened justice system on processing this useless arrest, I suspect the taxpayers of the school district will -also- have to foot a hefty legal bill at a minimum, and very likely significant monetary damages for having breeched their supervisory duty (in loco parentis).

    This doctrine of -in loco parentis- by which the school administrators claim a right to authorize this police sting, allegedly in the interest of protecting their student body, has as it's basis a duty of care that -requires- that they act in the student's best interests. From a law and education website: "The power of the school to regulate student conduct comes from their duty to ensure their safety and sound education."  The school district's participation in this sting, and especially the specifics of the boy's arrest and detention,(handcuffed and barred from access to his parents for 2-1/2 days), has served instead to gravely injure his safety and his education. I love my job, but at the moment, I wish I was a lawyer instead."

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