Police Arrest Boy, 9, For Assaulting School Principal
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 25, 2006
CANTON, OHIO--A 9-year-old boy was arrested and charged with felony assault Thursday -- the first day of school -- after he climbed onto a roof and threw rocks and a brick at his school's principal.
The Canton Repository quoted police Lt. James Cole as saying the "special needs" student was "disorderly and agitated from something that happened inside the school", when he climbed out of a second-story window and onto the roof of a one-story section of Schreiber Elementary School. Principal Clifford Reynolds and firefighters tried talking the boy into coming back inside the building when officers came to arrest him and take him to a detention center.
His mother, Maria Muhleman, arrived as her son was led away in handcuffs. She said her son sometimes has trouble communicating with people because he has Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which is similar to autism and Asperger syndrome.
"I was saying, 'He's autistic. You're going to take him in handcuffs? Come on,'" she said. "We're talking about a 9-year-old with developmental disabilities."
Muhleman told the Repository that her son became frustrated when other children would not play with him.
"It's not because he's out of control," Muhleman said. "It's because no one understands him."
The boy, who was not named in news accounts, was charged with felony assault on a school employee, inducing panic and disorderly conduct.
The county's juvenile prosecutor said the boy was to meet Friday with court officials to determine how the case should be handled.
"9-year-old accused of tossing brick at principal"(Canton Repository)