Moore, OK -- An Oklahoma mom says a Moore police officer went too far when he hit her autistic son for no reason.
The mother, who wishes to remain unnamed, says that every time her son becomes upset at school, he calls her. Last week, she received a call from her son that quickly became nightmarish.
Her son became frustrated as he sat in his desk during computer time and they admit that he was pounding on the keyboard while on the phone with his mother. But an autistic boy pounding on a keyboard certainly did not warrant the following action.
"When I was on the phone with him, I heard the phone drop, and then the call dropped," she said.
The 14-year-old boy, with a mentality of a child half his age, immediately called back. But this time he was far more distressed than the first call.
He had been assaulted by the school resource officer.
"Hysterical. Crying that the police officer had hit him on the back," she said. "And it hurts and mom don't get off the phone with me. Come and get me."
Panicked because her son was just assaulted at his own school by the ones who promise to keep him safe, the mom sent the boy's grandmother to pick him up as she was nearby. When the boy's grandmother picked him up, she noticed physical marks on the boys back.
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"And there was a hand print from the officer on his back," his mother said. In spite of the high-stress situation, the boy's grandmother was clear-headed enough to pull over and take a photo of the boy's back.
"My son is autistic, and the officer knew it. He's had lots of contact with him," explains his mother.
When the boy got home, the family called the police to report the assault. They told Local News 9 that they don't want what happened to be minimized and they say the officer should be held accountable just like anyone else.
"That's battery, and I just can’t accept that. He has a hard enough time being successful in school," she said. "He made a physical contact with my son, and it should have never happened."
According to News 9, the officer involved is now on suspension and an investigation is underway. However, the Free Thought Project spoke to a member of the family who tells us that the police are attempting to cover this up and they asked us to help get their story out.
Police officers in schools are proving to be a nightmarish reality in the US. Just in the last year we've seen a school cop who raped 22 boys.
We've seen an autistic 6th grader assaulted by a cop become a convicted felon for kicking a trashcan at school.
Even small children are not immune to the abuse from police officers in schools. This was illustrated by the case of 8-year-old Colton Granito, who has autism, who was arrested, put in a straight jacket, locked in a cage and sentenced to probation for an episode at his school.