Eleven year-old autistic student Gunnar Moody and his parents talk about the incident of singing in P.E. class at Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose, CA. which led to the youth's being handcuffed and suspended for three days. Singing? Surely, he must have threatened someone? A school police officer told Gunnar's mother that no, indeed, he had not. He had disobeyed the teacher who had told him to stop singing, and then ordered him to leave the class.
Kristina blogged this earlier at Autism Vox. A reader asked that I also help spread the word about this.
The San Jose Unified School District issued the following statement regarding the incident:
The officer's actions helped to maintain a safe atmosphere for the other 30 students in the class.
Who knew singing could be so threatening?