Teacher files police report against Autistic 8 year old

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07 Apr 2018, 2:48 am

Metro teacher files police report against student with Autism after being punched in the face

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In early March, a Rio Rancho special education teacher filed a police report against an 8-year-old student who has Autism, after he punched her in the face.

"I was not made aware that a police report had been filed against DJ," said Maria McKay, the boy's mother.

McKay found out a battery charge had been filed against her child when she got a call from a juvenile detention officer.

According to the police report, DJ punched his special education teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in the face after she took an iPad away from him. She says, he hit her hard enough to bruise her nose.

McKay says the teacher triggered DJ by taking that iPad away from him. McKay says an iPad is a great source of comfort for her son. She also says the teacher yelled at DJ and 'snatched' the iPad out of his hands, which is not described in the police report.

"If you're screaming at him, if you're yelling at him, he is extremely overwhelmed. He may hit he may kick he may run. That is just how he communicates," said McKay.

In the report, the teacher says this is not the first time something like this has happened.

She says, in the report, she wanted to document the incident and "didn't feel she should have to expect to get battered by her students and be okay with it."

Rio Rancho Public Schools would not talk to KRQE News 13 on camera. A spokesperson sent KRQE News 13 a statement saying:

"There was an incident in early March where a 2nd-grade student punched a staff member. We cannot speak to student or personnel matters, but I can say that the school did not initiate the police report. In addition, we cannot prevent a staff member from personally filing a report. That is his or her right."

DJ's case is now moving through the legal process.

"He now has to appear in at juvenile probation next week for an appointment. He is absolutely terrified," said McKay.

Despite the end of DJ's suspension, McKay has chosen not to send her child back to school yet.

"I've chosen not to send my son to school this week because I found out about the report last week during spring break. I just felt this is not an environment that my son should return to," said McKay.

McKay says her son will likely return when he is transferred out of this special education teachers class.

McKay told News 13 DJ is also no longer allowed at MLK's after school program. A report shows, during the program DJ hit another teacher and tried to hit another student.


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07 Apr 2018, 3:13 am

Getting hit by someone because you provoked them doesn't necessarily equal being assaulted. However, if this kid has a history of hitting people, and it looks like this one does, then that's a problem. It's like that autistic 10 year old that got arrested for hitting a teacher, who had a history of viciously assaulting people. I guess maybe it's better they get taught early that attacking people is against the law, rather than end up doing serious jail time later on.



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07 Apr 2018, 3:31 am

EzraS wrote:
Getting hit by someone because you provoked them doesn't necessarily equal being assaulted. However, if this kid has a history of hitting people, and it looks like this one does, then that's a problem. It's like that autistic 10 year old that got arrested for hitting a teacher, who had a history of viciously assaulting people. I guess maybe it's better they get taught early that attacking people is against the law, rather than end up doing serious jail time later on.


I agree this kid is likely what we used to call a “problem child”. But the legal system is not the place for 8 or 10 year old. The school districts used to handle situations like this but now they wash there hands of it and give to the cops rather then get sued.


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07 Apr 2018, 3:40 am

ASPartOfMe wrote:
EzraS wrote:
Getting hit by someone because you provoked them doesn't necessarily equal being assaulted. However, if this kid has a history of hitting people, and it looks like this one does, then that's a problem. It's like that autistic 10 year old that got arrested for hitting a teacher, who had a history of viciously assaulting people. I guess maybe it's better they get taught early that attacking people is against the law, rather than end up doing serious jail time later on.


I agree this kid is likely what we used to call a “problem child”. But the legal system is not the place for 8 or 10 year old. The school districts used to handle situations like this but now they wash there hands of it and give to the cops rather then get sued.


Hasn't the juvenile court system always handled cases of assault and other things like theft and vandalism?