The parents of a 10-year-old boy with autism in Denton, Texas are outraged after their son was held to the ground and handcuffed by a school resource officer in an incident caught on camera, KTVT reports.
The video shows the boy, Thomas, backed into a cubby because, according to police, he was being disruptive and swinging a computer mouse near other children at Alexander Elementary School.
Denton Police Department school resource officer Eric Coulston is seen in the video picking Thomas up, as the boy screams and struggles. The officer also restrains the child several times including twice with handcuffs over a two-hour period.
According to the boy’s mother, Emily Brown, her son was subdued by a school resource officer at least twice this year. “It’s abuse, the torture, and the hell that he was put through,” Brown told WFAA of the April 30 incident.
Denton Independent School District officials said the officer followed protocol during the incident. City officials also said no law or policy was violated in the decision to use restraints.
The traumatic experience led Brown to pull Thomas out of the school. The family is also considering filing a lawsuit against the police department and district.
Watch the video below: