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Autistic Teen, Raided, Strip Searched, & Jailed for Drawing a Superhero with a Flaming Hand in Class

MANHATTAN (CN) — For more than two years, a New Jersey high school has tried to fend off allegations that it overreacted to the doodle drawn by an autistic student days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook.

A new ruling guarantees that federal litigation over the episode will continue into 2017.

The ordeal began, the Jones family says, at Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City, N.J., on Dec. 14, 2012 – three days after America suffered the second deadliest shooting in modern history at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

With tensions on high alert, Cedar Creek geometry teacher Megan Hallman sent Kevin Jones Jr. to the vice-principal’s office because out of concern over the “spaceman” she saw the 17-year-old drawing.

Jones’ parents say that their son filled his sketchbook with drawings like these to help him cope with the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Moreover the school noted this in its individual education plan for Jones as a disabled student.

After vice-principal Michael McGhee looked through Jones’ sketchbook, however, he called the police. The Jones say McGhee had been alarmed by a different doodle – this one depicting a superhero wearing a glove with a flame coming out of it.

Jones wound up doing a 17-day stint in juvenile detention that Christmas.

The family says a bomb squad that rummaged through their home mistook science-project materials for explosive-device components, and that the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office charged Jones with possession of a destruction device and attempting to possess a weapon.

On his way to the Harborfield Juvenile Detention Center, Jones was strip- and cavity-searched.

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The family filed suit in 2014 after Jones was acquitted at a criminal trial.

U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler ruled on Dec. 30 to the school’s representatives and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

The 22-page unpublished decision does, however, dismiss the New Jersey Department of Education and individual prosecutors from the case.

Julie Warshaw, an attorney for the Jones family, declined to comment.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and a lawyer for the school did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

  • doucyet

    “attempting to possess a weapon”

    If I attempt to speed on my next trip to town, can you cite me?

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    Cavity searched? The people responsible for that decision should be charged with sexual assault!

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  • JDD999

    Haven’t these morons ever heard of Marvel superhero the Human Torch?

    • JW

      I guess the school and state never considered that he may have been drawing a super hero to protect him, since the school and state will not!

  • Bob Btme

    one doodle and the next minute you’re being ass-raped by criminal thugs. Public schools are public prisons, when is the population going to wake up? Mandatory 12-year prison sentence to start life in the USA. What a disgrace. NEVER government public schools.


  • Ibcamn

    all cops are faggot criminals,fucked up baby rapers and murderers,FTP………………

  • csbnet

    how is this the nanny state, this is in every way the daddy state republicans love.

  • LoveGod

    Unbelievable and shameful. What they did was so much worse than a drawing. Please.

  • thebeezerguy .

    and the black kid who made a homemade clock that could have been the start of a bomb, went to DC to visit the muslim prez… what a fucking joke…

    • Brian King

      Race baiter alert

      • thebeezerguy .

        I was just making a comparison, douchebag ! …you must be a democrat !!

        • Brian King

          Really cus I called you out on your shit and you happen to be a Republican nah I’m above that 2 party system bullshit

  • tom browne

    they’ll put anybody in jail now. people forfeiture. apargers – no prahblum – they need bodies. plenty of empty cells – top priority to fill them …. all kids are fair game especially those with especial needs. the game is on – fill them cells! where’s that judge in philly who was jailing kids? doing a 27 year sentence.

  • Gordon Klock

    Like that poor, hapless, little kid who ate his pop-tart into the shape of the letter “L”,(it’s a GUN!!!) these evil people know better, & they know perfectly well that they are abusing these kids with these reactionary false charges, it all seems to be part of some awful form of social grooming, leading to mass enslavement, though too many people seem to buy into this nasty circus of fear mongering, & false accusations……

  • Brian King

    Principal is on some good shit and the judge is just tryna get more campaign donations from the police union and from companies that profit from prisons nothing new

  • Zackknowitall

    Prosecutors are not untouchable if you truly want to touch them

  • KaoseThema

    do nothing and the system is inept at catching “terrorists”

    do something and the rabble labels you “overreactive”

    with that said, the teacher, Megan Hallman, should be fired.

  • Mike Pepper

    oh so now you’re gonna punish and rape my son because he’s an artist?????? what the fuck?????