Child, 8, charged with felonies after running away from school
04/22/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Washington – An 8-year-old boy with special needs was charged with two felonies in connection with an incident in a police car that occurred after he ran away from school. As reported by the Huffington Post, the child who attends the Hillside Learning and Behavior Center was charged with malicious destruction of police property and resisting and obstructing after allegedly cursing at and assaulting an officer, and breaking a security camera.
Teachers at the school called police to have the child transported back to the school after he ran away. The boy’s father, Robert Bluhm, says the staff is aware that he has anger problems. Bluhm is quoted as stating to Fox affiliate WXMI, “He has anger issues. They know this, and they’re going to throw him in the back of a cop car all by himself?… If they had him under control, why didn’t they ride with him in the back of this cop car?”
Police say they are only looking to have the camera replaced and are unsure of why prosecutors are pursing the charges against him.
Mark Dobias, superintendent of the Allegen Area Educational Service Agency, has referred to the incident as “unfortunate” but says staff at the school followed the proper protocol.
Dobias is quoted as stating, “I’m confident that the teachers followed protocol and were using their best judgment.”
The child has reportedly been suspended from school.
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