Okeechobee County, FL — John Haygood has autism. As a result of his autism, he often acts out at school — a school that is apparently too unqualified to deal with him. Because they are like most schools in America today, officials turned to police force to solve their problems for them, instead of helping the 10-year-old boy.

This week, two Okeechobee County sheriff’s deputies ambushed the little boy on his first day back at school since the incident last November. Instead of going to his home and talking to his parents, police waited until the child came to school to handcuff him in front of all of his peers.

“To go and have him arrested on school grounds in front of other students, in front of personnel, during school hours, they could’ve come to my house at any time to tell me what was going on,” the boy’s mother, Louanne Haygood said.

In November of last year, John was suspended and homebound after an incident in which he became overly upset and kicked a paraprofessional. Instead of working out a plan to make sure this never happens again, the school called the cops and a warrant for felony battery on a school official was issued for the 10-year-old boy.

As WPTV reports, Haygood says her son kicked the teacher because he didn’t feel safe with that particular employee.

“It was because of his autism that spurred this incident. And he was arrested for that,” said Haygood.


Haygood admits her son has had several behavioral issues in the past but says it should have never resulted in an arrest, according to the report.

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Haygood says both police and the school district need to be better equipped to handle children with special needs — an understatement at best.

Six months would go by before police took any action on the warrant, opting to grab him at his school. When John and his mother showed up for testing, cops were there waiting as if it were some sort of sting operation.

Haygood began recording the incident after police refused to give her a reason or show her a warrant for her son’s arrest. The resultant video is heartbreaking.

“Don’t touch me, please. I don’t like to be touched,” little John says as he pleads with officers as they put the 10-year-old boy in handcuffs.

The two deputies then proceed to bring the boy to the patrol car in a heartbreaking walk.

“When he was saying, ‘I don’t understand mama, I don’t understand. What’s going on’? That broke my heart,” said Haygood.

The 10-year-old child with autism was handcuffed, put in a police car and taken from his school. He was then thrown in jail where he would spend the night before appearing in front of a judge the next day and finally released back to his mother.

Yes, this little boy kicked a teacher’s aid, an action that should not be tolerated. However, to have that incident lead to a young child being kidnapped and locked in a cage is as asinine as it is frightening.

Below is the heartbreaking video.

Sadly, as schools across the country rely more and more on police to force student compliance, instead of training and common sense, this scenario becomes more common.

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In December, the Free Thought Project reported on 6-year-old Nicholas, who is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Nicholas was kidnapped from his elementary school by police and imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital.

He was held, including multiple stints in a ‘seclusion room,’ for three days at River Point Behavioral Health — for a temper tantrum at school. 

If a 6-year-old boy was taken by police from a school and locked in an isolation room in the 90’s, you can rest assured that this would not fly. The same goes for a 10-year-old boy with autism getting arrested in thrown in a cage. Now, however, police force as a reaction to childhood problems has become the go-to approach in the land of the free.

In May, we reported on the video showing a San Antonio Independent School District police officer body slam a 12-year-old girl. In February, the Free Thought Project brought you the story of the Baltimore School cop who was seen beating a student who had done nothing wrong.

In fact, recent videos have revealed a myriad of school cops attacking unarmed students. In December, Officer Rigo Valles was cleared of any wrongdoing after grabbing a student by the neck and slamming him to the floor. In October, Richland County Deputy Ben Fields was fired after students recorded him flipping over a girl’s desk and dragging her across the floor. Oklahoma City Master Sgt. Thomas Jaha was charged with assault and battery in October as well, after repeatedly punching a student in the face for not having a hall pass.

In November 2015, prosecutors agreed to dismiss assault charges against Louisville Metro Police Officer Jonathan Hardin for punching a student in the face if the former officer completes anger management classes. Hardin still faces wanton endangerment, official misconduct, and assault charges for choking another student unconscious in a separate incident five days later. In separate incidents earlier this year, school cops have also been caught attacking an autistic boy, body-slamming a child, and raping nearly two dozen students.

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And these are the ones the public knows about. How many more incidents, just like this one, go unreported and unpunished?

What this data illustrates is the societal dependence on the state to solve matters that should be handled without government. Being dependent upon the state to solve one’s problems is a de facto dependency upon violence.


If you truly want a glimpse into the horrid effects of the police state on all school children, take a scroll through our archives, at this link.

Until people wake up to the reality of relying on a system of violence to maintain “order” and behavior compliance, we can expect this problem to get worse.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • john smith

    shit is getting nuts

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    The fact that they waited for him at the school PROVES that they wanted to maximize the trauma and humiliation for this kid. Otherwise, why couldn’t they have picked him up at home?

    • Zackknowitall

      They could have just given him an order to appear in court.

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        But then they wouldn’t get to watch anyone suffer, the “fringe benefit” that so appeals to sadistic bully cops!

        • Zackknowitall

          Exactly 100% exactly.

  • Phillip Murray

    Look on the bright side. His parents will get a huge settlement in the lawsuit. At least they would if I were on the jury. Those cops need to be sent to prison for child abuse. And in gen pop, too.

    • Zackknowitall

      No they won’t. No lawyer who touch this. The cops will claim immunity bc he had a warrant. That judge has immunity and who ever asked for the warrant has immunity.

  • Liz O’neill

    America has become a sewer, run by rats who have absolutely no compassion, to handcuff and art a 10yr old, who has special needs, is just wrong. and American teachers should be ashamed to even call themselves teachers, they are pussies who cant do the job they are trained for. I would’nt let them teach my dog. and when they fail in their job, they hand over to the cowards who hide behind a uniform. I thank god on a daily basis that I am not an American.

    • Lauralee Allen

      Not all Americans are like that & not all American teachers & cops are like that either so to assume that is unfair, but, there IS a BIG problem here w/school districts & cops, etc. There have been major issues w/prejudice & abuse of power by the school our kids attend & by some CPS workers. In the town I live we don’t tend to have problems w/cops, but it sure seems the school has CPS on speed dial in case a student breaks a nail *sarcasm. There are CPS workers who are fair, but then there are the over-zealous, judgmental monsters (not the word I REALLY wanted to use) that try to wreck a persons family over false claims made by these schools regardless that they have been proven to be outright lies. It’s awful. It makes a person feel like they have to be constantly on guard & looking over their shoulder in case someone’s looking to victimize them. It feels like a form of mental & emotional rape. & many times, at least at my kids’ school, it is the families w/children that have issues like anxiety, ADHD, other special needs, etc., etc., etc. that are the most targeted.

  • Porky Gosselin

    The cops didn’t have no paper work on the boy nothing if that was my son the cops would not be putting him in a cop car with out getting hurt by me cops have fallow the same laws as we do they r not above the law and e make the law and the police need do there jobs right if do not have warrant for the kids arest then you mr. officer just brok the law. Again where r all the good cop killers hidding we need your help

    • Anonymous

      You do that…the bullets are going to start flying…right for you! Don’t you understand yet? The police really ARE above the law!!!

    • Mike

      The cops would have to take my kid over my dead body, or theirs, as what I saw these cops do amounted to kidnapping!

  • IceTrey

    What kind of a sick adult would do that to a child? More proof that all cops are monsters plain and simple.

  • This is kid napping! Lawyers aren’t affordable. Plain and simple. When legal representation isn’t present this gives some police officers the green light to abuse their authority. After personal development, I found what was missing in most middle class/low income/single parent families when dealing with the judicial system. We simply don’t have the financial stability to confidently handle matters like this. Which is why I got into this business. We must protect not only ourselves, but our families and especially OUR CHILDREN! A child should never go through this! So in an attempt for socioeconomic developments we’re on a mission to protect and empower the people by having legal representation (and more) with you 24/7. We want an immediate end to the injustices! Protection for you and your family.

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  • Guy

    You put your hands on my child like that, I promise you, no matter how long it takes. I will hunt you down !

  • John Chabak

    This treatment of people who might have mental problems continues into adulthood. Then when a relative calls the cops for help, they just come out a shoot them.

    • Jerry Carter

      As they should! I’m tired of everybody kissing these retarded fucking kid’s ass! Fuck them and fuck the parents that enable the bullshit!

      • Gia Hunter

        your mother should have swallowed the night you were conceived

  • Gordon Klock

    More purported ‘professionals’, pretending they have some sort of valid reason for committing child abuse, like the rest of us are not supposed to notice how transparently vile & stupid this all is…..
    (why are people ‘supposed’ to accept this?)…..

  • Zackknowitall

    Hopefully when he gets olders and ready to shoot up a bunch of people it will be cops and not classmates catching the bullets.

  • Ibcamn

    i hope all you useful idiots who believe that the sandy hook shooting was real are happy…..all the arrests for children since you idiots voted to allow terrorists to enter our schools and be around our children,raping,molesting ,beating,choking,abusing and kidnapping our children,is the real threat here,all the cops allowed to be near children is the worst thing you could have done..putting criminals with guns in schools to watch over our children is sick and twisted reasoning,knee jerk reaction to say the least..all you assholes did was let them have what they wanted,adult cops in schools with children,to create a pipeline to prisons for the young indoctrinated children who don’t have a clue how to deal with these adult issues…..kicking an aid in the shine…oh fucking no…so that aid files charges and has a warrant issued for that 10 yo kid…really…what a fucking feminist,snowflake,SJW retarded liberal whiny bitch..sent out a warrant for a 10 yo boy,that is mentally challenged….pathetic person..what lead to this,the snowflake that took the job knowing that the kids have some issues,but then when they have to actually do their job and deal with it,this is their answer on dealing with it…….that person just ruined a childs life,ruined the life of that family,and for what,getting a kick in the shine….what doe sthis tell you about that school system…what will happen if a child with special needs says that some muzzie student needs to shave his beard off…AWGHHHH

    the gas chamber is out back,the cops wear their ”PUNISHER”patches with pride,they will drop the pill for you..

  • jasonp162
  • This is kid napping! Lawyers aren’t affordable. Plain and simple. When legal representation isn’t present this gives some police officers the green light to abuse their authority. After personal development, I found what was missing in most middle class/low income/single parent families when dealing with the judicial system. We simply don’t have the financial stability to confidently handle matters like this. We must protect not only ourselves, but our families and especially OUR CHILDREN! A child should never go through this! So in an attempt for socioeconomic developments we’re on a mission to protect and empower the people by having legal representation (and more) with you 24/7. We want an immediate end to the injustices! Protection for you and your family.

  • Franklin Strause

    Obviously the kid knew what he did as he stated he didn’t realize this would happen… You assault a teacher it is a felony..
    My son is Adhd and bipolar. .. He has trouble in school and doesn’t like to be touched either.. He also knows right from wrong..
    When this goes against what the mother believes is right , she then urges her child on in the Video… Her child went to using foul language directed at the police and then the mother,telling her it was all her fault.. Learned behavior repeats itself.. The school cut the child breaks numerous times for his behavior.. Definitely sounds like learned behavior and down right spoiled…
    Maybe the best thing for this child is placement in a facility where they may work with him on his social and behavior skills in regards to interacting with others around him

    • Sara

      lol spoken like a true sheep. Not all children with special needs are the same. Not all of them know “right from wrong”. Him saying He didn’t realize this would happen probably meant him walking in to take a test and being detained by pigs and taken away from his mother. Nobody at that school was equipped to handle a child with autism who has meltdowns and gets sensory overload and reacts. Paras in NYC are used to kids acting out, even violently sometimes. I’m sure that Para is super hurt right now by her kick to the shin, right? Enough for her to have to have the school put a warrent out for this boys arrest? The schools in NYC accept that their will be some aggressive behavior, they don’t involve cops in it. Placement in a facility? Because he kicked someone in the leg? Jesus Christ, I hope you never do this to your child. She should pull him from that school and home school him is what she should do. Better yet, get the fuck out of that town, ASAP.

  • Carey Haber

    America is lost. LOL!!