Parents say 10-year-old son with autism was handcuffed, put in patrol car

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OSCEOLA, Fla. – Parents of a 10-year-old boy who has autism say the child was handcuffed, put in the back of a patrol car and transported to a mental health facility after he ran from school administrators.

According to a federal lawsuit filed against the School District of Osceola County and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the parents claim the incident happened in 2016 at Narcoossee Elementary School.

“It was probably one of our worst days,” said Jessica, the boy’s mother.

She didn’t want her last name being used in order to protect her son, who is now 13 years old.

She told News 6 her son ran away from school staff when he got in trouble for playing too rough at recess.