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14 Year Old Autistic Boy Charged With Making "Terroristic Threats" In Stick Figure Drawing

 
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Updated: Thursday, 13 May 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (MyFOX ATLANTA) - A Fulton County mother was outraged Wednesday that her autistic son was suspended and charged with a felony over a picture he drew. The 14 year old is a student at Ridgeview Charter School in Atlanta.

Shane Finn's mother said he was in a special needs class when he drew a picture of two stick figures, and one had a gun.

The eighth grade boy's picture depicted a stick figure with a gun that was labeled "me." The figure was shooting another figure that had his teacher's name above it.

The picture led to Finn being suspended, and he is now facing criminal charges.

"They've pressed felony charges for terroristic threats," said the teen's mother, Karen Finn. "It's that sweeping zero tolerance and I think it's ridiculous."

Finn said her son drew the picture on the page of a school assignment where his teacher would easily see it. Finn says her son doesn't really understand why he's in trouble. Finn said her son is autistic and has the mental capacity of a third grader.

"It really breaks my heart because he's a really nice kid and this is obviously from his disability. He really doesn't have a good way of expressing anger, frustration," Finn said.

Finn said she wasn't proud of the picture her son drew, but she said the punishment was much too severe.

"I think there needs to be some sort of common sense used with the school system. That a 14-year-old autistic boy who does not understand what he's done or what he's drawn, has an IQ of 75 should not be charged with a felony. It's outrageous," Finn said.

School authorities could not say much about the student because of privacy laws, but they did confirm that Shane will face a tribunal and is being charged with making terroristic threats.

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Took my son out of public school. He has autism and watched TV and misunderstood. One day at school, he threatened to get a girl pregnant. He was angry at his teacher and he thought that getting pregnant was what teenagers did when they were mad at adults. He had NO IDEA of what he was actually saying.
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Took my son out of public school. He has autism and watched TV and misunderstood. One day at school, he threatened to get a girl pregnant. He was angry at his teacher and he thought that getting pregnant was what teenagers did when they were mad at adults. He had NO IDEA of what he was actually saying.
 Quoting: Anon 769199


Wow. This is totally crazy.
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So dumb, "Terrorist" means nothing anymore -
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Terroristic threats?

Wouldn't this be a specific personal threat? The picture is labeled after all.

It doesn't say, Me over one picture and "the public at large" over the other after all.

Terrorism has been defined as using violence or the threat of violence to control a group of people using fear.

Doing the same thing to one person is coercion, and wrong, but not terrorism.


Zero tolerance means zero tolerance of the facts, more often than not.
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This is getting to be too much. What will they do next?
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The more i read this stuff the angrier i get.

:ban22: :sad2222:
SPEAK UP. SILENCE IS DEADLY!

I am currently experiencing life at several WTFs per hour.

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Terroristic threats?

Wouldn't this be a specific personal threat? The picture is labeled after all.

It doesn't say, Me over one picture and "the public at large" over the other after all.

Terrorism has been defined as using violence or the threat of violence to control a group of people using fear.

Doing the same thing to one person is coercion, and wrong, but not terrorism.


Zero tolerance means zero tolerance of the facts, more often than not.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 767244


Agreed.
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The more i read this stuff the angrier i get.

:ban22: :sad2222:
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I hear ya Natasha.
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This is getting to be too much. What will they do next?
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Would it surprise you? Just when you think you've seen/heard it all.

Sad.
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What about all those playing Modern Warfare 2? Will they be charged also???

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What about all those playing Modern Warfare 2? Will they be charged also???

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Shhhhh...
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that's what happens when parents of special needs children demand that their child be given a public education
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that's what happens when parents of special needs children demand that their child be given a public education
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Still doesn't give the school the right to label this child as a "terrorist".
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that's what happens when parents of special needs children demand that their child be given a public education
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They pay for that education just like everyone else.
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that's what happens when parents of special needs children demand that their child be given a public education

They pay for that education just like everyone else.
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Absolutely
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that's what happens when parents of special needs children demand that their child be given a public education

They pay for that education just like everyone else.
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Yeppers! I have a son with a mild form of Autism he has adjusted very well and is now in regular classes and does very well. It pisses me off no end that there are people out there that think people like him don't deserve a good education.

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Terroristic threats?

Wouldn't this be a specific personal threat? The picture is labeled after all.

It doesn't say, Me over one picture and "the public at large" over the other after all.

Terrorism has been defined as using violence or the threat of violence to control a group of people using fear.

Doing the same thing to one person is coercion, and wrong, but not terrorism.


Zero tolerance means zero tolerance of the facts, more often than not.


Agreed.
 Quoting: TXGal4Truth


No bullying or hate crime thrown in for good measure by the psycho politically correct establishment.

Where is that god forsaken ACLU when you need them. Probable busy defending a Real Terrorist to make sure they get their Civil Rights

Thank god I grew up when I did or else I would have been placed in Attica state prision at 13 years old for being disruptive in class.
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that's what happens when parents of special needs children demand that their child be given a public education

They pay for that education just like everyone else.


Yeppers! I have a son with a mild form of Autism he has adjusted very well and is now in regular classes and does very well. It pisses me off no end that there are people out there that think people like him don't deserve a good education.

The Handicapped Have Rights Too!
 Quoting: Nikki_LaVey


AMEN! :)
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This is why Hitler had all the retards euthanized.
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Terroristic threats?

Wouldn't this be a specific personal threat? The picture is labeled after all.

It doesn't say, Me over one picture and "the public at large" over the other after all.

Terrorism has been defined as using violence or the threat of violence to control a group of people using fear.

Doing the same thing to one person is coercion, and wrong, but not terrorism.


Zero tolerance means zero tolerance of the facts, more often than not.


Agreed.


No bullying or hate crime thrown in for good measure by the psycho politically correct establishment.

Where is that god forsaken ACLU when you need them. Probable busy defending a Real Terrorist to make sure they get their Civil Rights

Thank god I grew up when I did or else I would have been placed in Attica state prision at 13 years old for being disruptive in class.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 560401



chuckle
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Oh Shit
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This is why Hitler had all the retards euthanized.
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homeruhh
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If the kid were a Muslim, OP would be fine with it.
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I'm glad no one saw my stick figure drawings when I was 14, they were much worse than just "one with a gun".
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that's what happens when parents of special needs children demand that their child be given a public education

They pay for that education just like everyone else.


Yeppers! I have a son with a mild form of Autism he has adjusted very well and is now in regular classes and does very well. It pisses me off no end that there are people out there that think people like him don't deserve a good education.

The Handicapped Have Rights Too!


AMEN! :)
 Quoting: TXGal4Truth


Reading the article, this was a Charter School...
I wonder if that is equal to a private school in their area?
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If the kid were a Muslim, OP would be fine with it.
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You know what they say about assumptions don't you AC?
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that's what happens when parents of special needs children demand that their child be given a public education

They pay for that education just like everyone else.


Yeppers! I have a son with a mild form of Autism he has adjusted very well and is now in regular classes and does very well. It pisses me off no end that there are people out there that think people like him don't deserve a good education.

The Handicapped Have Rights Too!


AMEN! :)


Reading the article, this was a Charter School...
I wonder if that is equal to a private school in their area?
 Quoting: ExhaleAeonVolts


Not sure Exhale
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No,no,no,no,no. It didn't happen. Really, it couldn't happen. lala
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No,no,no,no,no. It didn't happen. Really, it couldn't happen. lala
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Careful there Nine's your smiley might be labeled as "terroristic". :)
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No,no,no,no,no. It didn't happen. Really, it couldn't happen. lala


Careful there Nine's your smiley might be labeled as "terroristic". :)
 Quoting: TXGal4Truth

The fingers. Could be sticks. Could be....Oh noes.

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