Justice for Child with Special Needs Allegedly Treated Like a Violent Criminal

Target: Craig Miller, Chief of Dallas ISD police

Goal: Apologize to family of special needs child who was allegedly abused by school police, and take steps to ensure that similar violence doesn’t happen again.

A Dallas child was reportedly treated absolutely horribly after an outburst in his special needs class. Yosio Lopez usually has an aide with him to help him calm down, but this day he was on his own and started banging his head against a wall. The faculty overreacted to an alarming degree, if these allegations are true, by having the school police handcuff him as the principal choked him. He also states that he was tased and beaten with a nightstick before being sent to a mental health facility without any authorization from his mother.

This very same school police force is under fire for another act of brutality involving a child, in that case allegedly body slamming a 12 year old. Clearly some training needs to be done within this police force. No 7-year-old child poses enough threat to the adults at this school to warrant this treatment, and the fact that the principal was possibly complicit in the violent treatment of a special needs child should also be addressed. Sign this petition to demand that justice is served for Yosio Lopez.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Miller,

You allegedly used excessive force to subdue children, specifically Yosio Lopez, who is a special needs child.  It is not okay to tase, handcuff, beat and body slam minors. Children should not have to worry about being abused when they come to school; it should be their safe space. Yosio Lopez says he was denied his safe space the day he was attacked in school. He was allegedly admitted to a behavioral center, sedated and not allowed to see his mother for two days. That is not an acceptable way to treat any child but the fact that he was suffering from multiple mood disorders makes this all the more heartbreaking.

Schools must be equipped to handle all kinds of students, even those with behavioral issues. Yosio suffers from ADHD, which is not uncommon in children and there should be an understanding of how to care for him with or without his aide present. I understand that these claims can not be confirmed due to confidentiality laws, but sensitivity training can be done regardless and would be a show of good faith to the many parents worried about leaving their children in your care. Please train the members of your force to not be excessively violent towards children, especially when they’re not being violent towards anyone else.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Evan Amos

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