An autistic 10-year-old boy arrived at his school to take a standardized test, only to be arrested by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office as his confused and helpless mother looked on.
John Benji Haywood’s mother Luanne filmed her distraught son being handcuffed at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida on Wednesday and repeatedly asked why her son was being apprehended.
While Haygood knew her son had been suspended for attacking a member of staff at the school in November 2016, she had no idea there was a warrant out for his arrest.
John spent the night at a juvenile facility in Fort Pierce before he was released the next morning under house arrest.
The boy cried and pleaded with the school resource deputies not to touch him in the disturbing cell phone video his mother posted on Facebook.
According to a school incident report, John was suspended for punching and kicking a school employee, who his mother claims is 6ft 4inches and weighs about 300 pounds.
John had been home bound for several months, and returned to school on Wednesday to take a standardized test.
Unbeknownst to the 10-year-old or his mother, the school employee he allegedly attacked decided to press charges, and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant.