Transcript for Uproar over arrest of 10-year-old boy with autism
There are questions tonight about a controversial piece of video capturing the treatment of a 10-year-old boy with autism. At a school in Florida getting handcuffed. ABC's Clayton Sandell with the video. Reporter: This is 10-year-old John Benjamin Haygood at school. Does he have the same rights as an adult? Reporter: His mother, who says her son is autistic, recording as deputies arrest him for being an accused felon. I don't wanna be touched. Does he need to be told -- He doesn't have to be told, he has a warrant. So not even an adult has the right to be told when they're arrested why? This is so -- dumb. Yes, it is. Reporter: Deputies in okeechobee, Florida, say they arrested Haygood because he had a warrant for allegedly assaulting his teacher, kicking scratching and punching him, back in October. I don't understand. I know, honey. He has autism. He doesn't know what's going on. He's scared to death. He's 10 years old. I don't know what's Going on. Reporter: He's been out of school since then, but was arrested when he came back to school for a test. It was because of his autism that spurred this incident, and he was arrested for that. Unfortunately, instead of treating or accommodating, we arrest, because we don't know what else to do. Reporter: Police say they told John's mother about the warrant before they arrested him. He said she thought those charges had long been drop. She's now hired lawyers to fight those charges.
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