CRISIS MODE: PB Schools Seek Teams For Autism Walk After Handcuffing

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School District Only Interested After Handcuffing Autistic 11 Year Old At Omni Middle School

U.S. Department Of Justice May Be Looking Into Palm Beach School Police Actions

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Just days after BocaNewsNow.com exclusively reported on the handcuffing of an 11-year-old boy with Autism at Omni Middle School, the Palm Beach County School District is urgently seeking teams for an annual Autism walk.

[Promotion sent home by Palm Beach County School District following handcuffing of child with Autism.]

The walk is Saturday. While the national event was announced months ago, the Palm Beach County School District’s involvement appears to be brand new.

Students throughout Palm Beach County Tuesday are receiving fliers and letters encouraging them to take part in the walk which previously had no advertised involvement from the school district. The Autism Speaks Walk takes place Sunday at the Meyer Auditorium in West Palm Beach.

Whether the sudden Autism interest is crisis control or coincidence, the School District remains silent on the handcuffing and attempted “Baker Acting” of 11-year-old Omni Middle School student Erik who is on the Autism spectrum. Erik was attempting to protect himself from bullies on Thursday when a school police officer identified as Larry Mackey handcuffed the child and attempted to ”Baker Act” him at JFK Medical Center North. Professionals at the hospital released him a short time after his arrival, apparently telling his guardian that the cop crossed the line and that Erik was no threat to anyone, including himself.

BocaNewsNow.com has reviewed the discharge statement.

[Omni Middle School student Erik, 11, was handcuffed and taken to JFK Medical Center as a “Baker Act” confinement. Erik is on the Autism spectrum].

Erik’s guardian refuses to return Erik to Omni Middle School. There has been no statement from the school district, School Police Chief Frank Kitzerow or Omni Middle School Principal Nikkia Deluz.

BocaNewsNow.com has learned that the United States Department of Justice may be aware of the the potential civil rights violations against the 11-year-old boy.

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