Mum slams school who handcuffed autistic son and called police on first day

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A mum has hit out at school bosses after her autistic son was put in handcuffs on the first day of term.

Sharron Faiq says staff called police in after her 12-year-old boy, Rayan, pushed a dinner lady who insisted he changed his trainers, despite the academy allowing him to wear them.

The mum arrived to see her son restrained by an officer.

5ft-Rayan had been out of the classroom since primary school, due to support funding problems, The Mirror writes.

NHS worker Sharron said: “The school called me saying there was a problem. I found Rayan pinned down in handcuffs on a table, being treated like a criminal.”

The mum filmed the incident and posted it on Facebook which has been watched more than 900,000 times.

In the clip, a staff member is holding Rayan by his ankles, while a police officer has the boy in an arm lock.

Sharron, 51, said: “I couldn’t believe it. Rayan’s only small.”

Rayan, of Ollerton, Notts, had arrived at Dukeries Academy in uniform but missing black shoes. Sharron said: “I told the school I was getting a pair. They said trainers were OK for now.”

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A dinner lady told him to change the trainers, and Rayan shoved her in the stomach.

She added: "She didn't know he had special needs – but school managers would know.

“They overreacted and manhandled him before calling police. I still can’t believe this could have happened to him on his first day.”

Rayan was suspended from the school and then removed from its roll.

Sharron is now taking legal action, and says she sent a list of questions to head Ged Rae but has had no reply.

Rayan is now set to attend a school that caters for children with learning needs.

Insp Charlotte Allardice of Notts Police said: “We understand incidents like these are emotive when viewed on social media, but this does not always tell all of the circumstances.

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“In situations like this we do all we can to defuse an incident to protect the public including other pupils, the individual themselves and the attending officers.”

The academy said in a staement: “We do not comment on matters involving individual pupils.”

Nottinghamshire county council said: “We are in touch with the family to help them to meet their son’s needs.”

Tim Nicholls, of the National Autistic Society, said: “In all but the most extreme circumstances, it is wrong for any child to be put in handcuffs. Restraint can be traumatic and dangerous. It’s vital this is properly investigated, including by the police.

“About one in 100 people are autistic. School staff and police should understand what that’s like.”

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