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END UNDERCOVER DRUG STINGS IN SCHOOLS 

We genuinely appreciate all donations to the Jesse Snodgrass Legal Fund which help to fund our son’s lawsuit against the Temecula Valley Unified School DistrictOur legal expenses are significant, many which are coming out of our pocket, unlike the TVUSD’s legal fees, which are being paid by our taxes. 

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End Undercover Drug Stings in Schools

The Story

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

LAWSUIT IN CASE OF ARRESTED AUTISTIC STUDENT

Autistic teen handcuffed and arrested in classroom, interrogated and jailed for days without legal counsel or parental contact.

Temecula, CA – April 29, 2013 – A Notice of Claim has been filed against the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD), claiming that TVUSD knowingly participated with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations unit in an undercover drug sting operation that intentionally and/or negligently targeted and discriminated against a vulnerable, special needs student with a history of disability related social, behavioral issues.

The autistic special education student, who is significantly learning disabled and on a regimen of prescription medication for a number of psychiatric disorders, went to his public high school in Temecula, CA on December 11, 2012. His parents began to worry when he did not come home after school.

What the parents did not know was that early on that morning, armed police officers had entered the boy’s classroom, handcuffed him, and had taken him away to be interrogated then locked up for several days, as part of a “sting operation”, which was secretly brought into Temecula Valley Unified School District classrooms, with the assistance of key school administrators.

Many feel the methods which were employed by all those involved, including his only and new “friend” – an undercover officer – were questionable. This entire operation raises a great deal of civil and constitutional rights issues, of which taxpayers should be made fully aware.

The district has revealed that only three people within the district knew about the undercover operation while it was occurring, former Board President Robert Brown, Superintendent Timothy Ritter, and the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance Michael Hubbard.… Read more