Marijuana: Autistic Teen's Undercover Pot Bust Angers Community
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A lonely autistic teen is befriended at a Southern California high school. The new kid sends him more than 60 text messages. He wants weed. Aiming to please, the autistic student scraps up half a joint from a homeless guy on the street. It's not enough. The new friend wants more, and the autistic student comes up with $20 worth.
The new guy is a cop. The autistic pupil is arrested. The teen's parents say this really happened:
Some in the community of Temecular are still angry over the bust last year, one of 22 arrests at Temecula Valley Unified School District campuses that involved, in "a number" of cases, autistic or special needs students, says the Drug Policy Alliance.
A meeting has been scheduled for Monday night at the Community Recreation Center in Temecula. Called "Accountability in our Schools: Is TVUSD Using Our Tax Dollars to Help of Harm Children and Families?," the meeting will air grievances against the district, which apparently approved the operation, and local police, which made the drug-related arrests.
Retired LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing is among those scheduled to speak against the "use of taxpayer funds to fuel undercover cop stings," according to the Alliance.
The 17-year-old autistic student's parents, by the way, have filed a claim against the district, ostensibly as a prelude to a full-on lawsuit.
A court said the boy could do community service and that, if he complies, he will ultimately end up with a clean record.
The meeting happens Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula.
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