State Attorney Drops Charges Against 11-Year-Old Autistic Child

By: Chad Mira Email
By: Chad Mira Email

Bay County - An 11-year-old autistic boy who was accused of attacking two Merritt Brown Middle School administrators last month, will not be facing any charges. State Attorney Glenn Hess announced Friday he is dropping the two felony counts of battery on a school official.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the boy on September 28th. The boy's grandparents told us a classmate had been bullying him that morning, and both students ended up in the assistant principal's office. The child became agitated and reportedly threw a book at the assistant principal and a soda can at the principal.

State Attorney Glenn Hess met with school officials and law enforcement, considered the boy's age and his autism and decided to drop the charges.

"At this point we don't believe that going forward is in the best interest of the school or the child. He's been taken back into school and we hope that they have formulated a program that will benefit him, and he'll go on to have a successful school career," Hess said.

He said the boy is in a new school program that is better suited to his needs.

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