At 8:30 a.m. on December 11th, 2012, armed police officers rushed into our autistic son’s high school classroom. He was handcuffed in front of his classmates, taken away, medically probed, interrogated without a lawyer, booked, and then locked up. We knew nothing about this until we called the school that afternoon at 3:45, after our son had not returned home. We were not allowed to see him until two days later, in court, and the look in his eyes will forever haunt us.
He was arrested as part of a “sting operation” which was secretly brought into Temecula Valley Unified School District classrooms, with the assistance of key school administrators, and resulted in the arrests of 22 students. Their goal was “identifying and purchasing illegal drugs from persons dealing on campus. ” The problem is, our son is not and never was a drug dealer.
The majority of the students arrested at our son’s school were special education students, and almost all were minorities.
In January of 2013, a criminal judge saw extenuating circumstances, and our son’s case has been dismissed. Still, the Temecula Valley Unified School District moved to permanently expel him. We then took the school district to a due process hearing, and a Judge ordered our son reinstated to his school.
We have filed a notice of claim against the school district, and will be initiating a civil suit against them.
This is How We Will End Undercover Drug Stings in Schools
We believe that by making our son’s story public, and by holding the school district accountable through highly visible legal action, we have the opportunity to make what happened here so well known that when school districts are approached by law enforcement, offering to bring undercover drug stings to their campuses, school administrators will realize that they could be exposing themselves to major liability issues.… Read more