Report: Police Handcuff Autistic Boy in North Laurel

Howard County Police restrain boy on school bus after alleged biting.

Howard County school officials are conducting an inquiry into the police handcuffing of a North Laurel autistic boy who reportedly bit several students on a school bus.

The incident happened along a route near the intersection of Whiskey Bottom Road and All Saints Road on Wednesday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

According to police, an 11-year old autistic boy, who does not speak and has limited social skills, escaped from his harness on the bus and began biting several students. The bus driver called 911 and when officers arrived they tried to restrain the boy.

"An officer tried to restrain the boy and ultimately placed him in handcuffs for his own safety and the safety of the others on the bus," Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman, told the Sun. "The use of handcuffs is determined by the potential danger of the person to himself or someone else.”

Two students, the bus driver and aide, received minor injuries, according to the Sun, but were not taken to the hospital.

John Floyd II September 24, 2012 at 07:39 PM
The child was un-controllable and had attacked others on the bus. He was restrained securely by police constables without the use of excessive force for his own safety and that of the driver, attendant, and passengers. HCPD solved an unusual problem quickly, safely, and quite sensibly without any injuries beyond those already inflicted by the child and are to be commended. This sort of "news report" has no purpose beyond fanning the flames lit by those who see only evil behind every police badge.
Concerned September 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
This is absolutely hideous. The bus driver and aide clearly did not know how to handle the situation. They shouldn't be allowed to drive a special needs bus. The mother should have been called first, not the police. The police should know better than to handcuff an 11 year old child with Autism. Police should have to go through training for other alternatives than just handcuffs. Disgusting. I have nothing against the police but the bus driver, aide and police were wrong here.
Colliemom September 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Concerned - and while the police were identifying the child, getting in touch with his mother, was he to be left running around hitting, assulting and biting the other children on the bus? There are very few alternatives when faced with a violent person, child or not. Putting on handcuffs is no big deal; safely restrains the person, as cuffs can be held to keep them in place. Grabbing the child and trying to hold him otherwise would have resulting in more injuries on both sides. This was not a small child; he had potential to cause great hard and did in fact harm several people. I sympathize with the autism angle; but he can't be allowed to run around harming other children because of that. The police absolutely handled this correctly. What is so terrible about putting some metal bracelets on for a while to protect everybody? No harm was done by that. This is a non story; I'm disappointed the Patch is sinking to gutter journalism. Maybe next we'll see vacation shots of the princess on here?


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