Charges Against Autistic Child Are Dismissed

BROOKSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky judge has dismissed assault charges against a six-year-old autistic boy.

The child was charged with assaulting a teacher's aide in his Kindergarten class. Deputies say the aide told them she received bruises on her arm and an injury to her knee.

The local public defender asked all charges be dismissed because of the boy's age and autism.

The case was heard in Brooksville, which is in northern Kentucky, 39 miles southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  • by Katrinka Location: Morehead, KY on Oct 16, 2007 at 04:46 AM
    I would like to comment on your feature on Austism spectrum. I would like to know if you could possibly have more guests to talk about this subject. I adopted my twin grandsons and I believe them to be misdiagnosed. They have all the signs of Austism Spectrum. But I need more information on this subject. It is not one that I am very familiar with. Being as how the boys are already 9 years old, I deem it a necessity to find out now if they do have this or if not, get the proper diagnosis. They have had many different diagnoses over the years and all are different. They are the ones that are suffering. I just love them the way they are and hope that someday someone will be able to tell me what is wrong with them correctly.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2007 at 06:18 PM
    maybe she was on to something, maybe there is an autistic child crime ring on the loose....for real how dumb can you be, or what im thinking hatefull and mad at the child because she has to be around it.
  • by C Location: KY on Oct 1, 2007 at 05:56 PM
    Children who are disruptive, for whatever reason, do not belong in the general ed classroom. Teachers have other students to teach. They shouldn't have to worry if a child is going to act out violently that day or not. They also don't deserve to be hit just because they are in the classroom. I would not allow my child to hit me, much less someone else's child. Consequences are needed! If a child cannot handle the normal classroom, they need a special class.
  • by Heather Location: Lexington on Oct 1, 2007 at 01:49 PM
    To Dana in Lawrenceburg - thanks for letting us all know you are a member of the city council. Attitudes like your's is what is wrong with our schools. I have a cousin with Down's Syndrome and she attends a very small school. The school does not want her because she brings their test scores down. They fired her aide because she always "stood up" for what was right for her. I agree it takes special people to work with special needs children. If you can't be understanding of these situations, you don't need to be around kids - period!
  • by gail Location: winchester on Oct 1, 2007 at 07:46 AM
    Finally someone making a smart decision on a child's behalf in the state of KY...! Hooray! I don't think you need to be a teacher if you can't handle a six yr old! And to file charges give me a break lady. Go on home and find a new line of work you could have ruined the rest of this little boys life and it is bad enough already because he is autistic!
  • by Todd Location: Lexington on Sep 30, 2007 at 10:30 PM
    Who in the world would press charges like these on a 6 year old autisic child...The teacher's aide or the principle need to go ahead and submit a application to McDonald's
  • by Lynn Location: Floyd County Ky. on Sep 29, 2007 at 05:45 PM
    If this adult could not handle a 6 year old child then she has no business in a school setting in the first place. But, to take charges against an autistic child is outrages. It amazes me how stupid some adults can be.
  • by dana Location: LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL on Sep 29, 2007 at 06:48 AM
    He needs to be put in a special class if he is out of control. It's not her fault.
  • by Theresa Location: Martin County on Sep 28, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    It appears to me that someone need to give some training to the aide so that she may have the knowledge and apply this knowledge on how to deal with this special needs child.
  • by SR Location: Lexington on Sep 28, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    I think the teacher should be terminated .. the child is autistic for goodness sakes!


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