Autis­tic teen re­strained in class later dies

The 280-pound boy had turned violent, school says. The cause of death isn’t clear.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Alene Tchekm­e­dyian alene.tchekm­e­[email protected]­times.com Twit­ter: @AleneTchek

A 13-year-old autis­tic stu­dent has died af­ter he was re­strained by staff dur­ing an in­ci­dent at his school in El Do­rado Hills, au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred Nov. 28 at Guid­ing Hands School, about 30 miles east of Sacra­mento. The El Do­rado County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said the boy turned violent and had to be re­strained by school staff to pre­vent other stu­dents and staff mem­bers from get­ting hurt.

While he was re­strained, the stu­dent be­came un­re­spon­sive, the Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said. A teacher ad­min­is­tered CPR un­til emer­gency re­spon­ders ar­rived. He was taken to Mercy Hos­pi­tal of Fol­som and later to UC Davis Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Two days later, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice learned that the boy, who was 6 feet tall and 280 pounds, had died. It’s un­clear when the death oc­curred or what caused it.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice said there ap­pears to be no ev­i­dence of foul play or crim­i­nal in­tent.

The Sacra­mento Bee re­ported that the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sus­pended the pri­vate school’s cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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