The following video (taken from a school surveillance tape) is a shocking report of videotaped abuse of a 14 year old boy who has autism. [Video no longer available]
This young boy cannot speak and is not able to explain what happens to him at school. He repeatedly arrives home with torn clothes and in January was taken to the emergency room with a broken finger.
The boy’s father said he was told everything at school was “going well, ” however, while they were at the emergency room the teacher had no explanation about how the injury occurred. The surveillance tape tells more of the story.
Mark Kamleiter, the parent’s attorney, said “the injury may have been an accident, but maintains the boy never should have been touched or placed in an isolation room in the first place.”
He adds, “Now is the time for everyone to stand up and say that this treatment of our children with disabilities must stop.”
[No longer available] Link to the story on My Fox Tampa Bay is at http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/nature_coast/autism_abuse_lawsuit_081309