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Monday, January 6, 2014

Hellementary Education Quote: Police Take Down 9-year-old

     [On September 26, 2013] at Baldwin South Intermediate School in Quincy, Illinois, a school official called the police to deal with a "meltdown" by an autistic 9-year-old boy named Roger Parker, Jr. Roger was sent to a specific area to calm down by school officials. When Roger decided to climb a dividing wall, instead of calling a parent to come and pick up the child, the school officials made the decision to call the police. Calling the police almost always makes situations worse.

     The officer who arrived, Officer Bill Calkins, pulled Roger by his arms and legs in an attempt to physically remove him from the wall. The officer pulled him in a manner that caused Roger to hit his eye against the divider.

     After causing injury to Roger's eye, the officer tried to restrain him. In response to the natural instinct to get away from an attacker, or someone inflicting harm, "Roger swung around and kicked the officer in his nose," according to the boy's mother.

     Roger was pulled to the floor, handcuffed, and taken to the police station where his mother was told that he was being fingerprinted, photographed, and booked for aggravated battery to a police officer.

Copblock, September 27, 2012 

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