- Rio Rancho special education teacher filed a police report against an 8-year-old student who has Autism; after he punched her in the face
- The student punched his teacher in the face after she took an iPad away from him
A teacher in New Mexico, USA is pressing battery charges against an autistic 8-year-old boy after he punched her, according to reports.
In early March, a Rio Rancher special education teacher filed a police report against an 8-year-old student who has Autism, after he punched her in the face.
“I was not made aware that a police report had been filed against DJ,” said Maria McKay, the boy’s mother, via KRQE.
“Very shocking. Definitely was not prepared for a missed phone call from juvenile probation that my 8-year-old autistic child had failed to appear for a scheduled meeting. I called back and assured him there was a mistake,” she added.
According to a police report, DJ punched his special education teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in the face after she took an iPad away from him. She said, he hit her hard enough to bruise her nose.
McKay says the teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School triggered her son DJ by yelling at him before grabbing an iPad out of his hands on March 6.
“When he’s in an environment where it’s really loud, he starts whaling hands, and he has hit in the past,” McKay said.
As a result of the incident, DJ was suspended from school, and later that day, his teacher filed the police report; saying she shouldn’t have to “get battered by her students and be OK with it.”
A spokesperson for Rio Rancho Public Schools said in a statement “the school did not initiate the police report” and they “cannot prevent a staff member from personally filing” one, as that is their right.