School Accused of Putting Autistic Boy in Bag
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A Kentucky woman says her 9-year-old autistic son was stuffed into a ball bag at his public school for acting up. (Dec. 22)


[Notes:LOCATOR: MERCER COUNTY, KY. SOURCE: WKYT. 12/21/11]A KENTUCKY MOTHER SAYS HER NINE-YEAR-OLD SON--WHO'S AUTISTIC--WAS GIVEN AN UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT FOR ACTING UP AT SCHOOL.(sot: Chris Baker/Put in bag) I got in the green bag.(SOT: SANDRA BAKER/MOTHER)"When I walked in I went down his hallway, and I saw this big green bag laying in the floor beside the aide that was sitting beside the bag, and I saw it moving."SANDRA BAKER SAYS SHE COULDN'T believe WHAT SHE SAW.(SOT: SANDRA BAKER/MOTHER)What if he had gotten sick inside there? Aspirated from his vomit or whatever?BAKER SAYS SHE ASKED OFFICIALS AT THE MERCER COUNTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE DONE HAD THERE BEEN A FIRE.(SOT: SANDRA BAKER/MOTHER)The comment I got on that was we would have drug the bag out of school. It's ok. Just drag my son down some steps and break his bones.THE INCIDENT HAS PROMPTED AN ONLINE PETITION--ASKING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO FIRE THE TEACHERS INVOLVED.(SOT: Debra White/Grandmother)How would they feel if they were put in that bag or their kids. It ain't right.THE SCHOOL'S ACTING SUPERINTENDENT SAID IN A STATEMENT, "The matter is being handled consistently with School District policies and with State and Federal law."MATT FRIEDMAN. ASSOCIATED PRESS.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: matt friedman---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: wkyt-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:v3029AP-US--Boy In Bag, 1st Ld-Writethru,130