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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  • by Randy Location: Panamcity on Oct 17, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    Thank goodness he didn`t have sickle cell,I am so tired of paying taxes for settlements.
  • by Cruxmama Location: Bay County on Oct 17, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    Wonderful! So glad to see this!
  • by Stella Location: PCBCH on Oct 16, 2010 at 12:41 PM
    Finally the child is allowed to get his education. I know the Aunt and Grandma are relieved. All school administrators need autism training. The child in this case could not help himself and if administrators had approached the child differently maybe there would have been a better outcome at the school site and the police would not have needed to be involved at all. School board needs to get all administrators to take a course in handling special needs children. Thank God for this little boy!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    He is now at a great school that will fully cater to his needs that is one of the best in the country: Bacot Academy. The school could have easily prevented this incident from happening by actually TRAINING the teachers in the autism department. I'm so upset this boy was even put through this.
  • by Courtney Location: Panama City on Oct 16, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    it about time the states attorneys office took a step in the right direction. if they prosecuted i was moving the good ol boys make me sick
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