01 Sep '11, 2am

Toronto Police Defend Handcuffing Boy with Asperger's #aspergers #autism

Toronto Police Defend Handcuffing Boy with Asperger's #aspergers #autism

Toronto police are defending their decision to handcuff a 9-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome at Fairbank Memorial Day Care Centre on July 28. According to the Toronto Sun , the center called police after they had locked the child in a room. Const. Victor Kwong said the boy was “being aggressive” and had “barricaded himself with tables and chairs.. [and] thrown paint all over the room”; officers entered the room, told the boy to lie down and handcuffed him. While police have been defending themselves, the autism community in Ontario has been quick to criticize law enforcement for using such heavy-handed tactics. Dr. Glenn Rampton, the CEO of Kerry’s Place Autism Services, which serves 5,000 autistic clients across Southern Ontario, said simply, “That wouldn’t be appropriate for any child”: The boy blamed his tantrum on being bullied during the lunch hour. Children with...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/toronto-police-defend-handcuf...

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