Special-needs student arrested and charged after Texas police say she refused to leave her classroom


By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

PUBLISHED: 16:01 EST, 26 June 2012 UPDATED: 16:02 EST, 26 June 2012

 

The family of a special-needs student who was arrested after refusing to leave her classroom is worried the charges against the teen could ruin her future. 

LaChastity Hewitt, who recently graduated from Bastrop High School in Bastrop, Texas, was involved in a tense scuffle with a police officer during a lesson in April this year.

The 18-year-old was repeatedly asked to leave her classroom after her teacher could not get her to stop talking but she refused.

Ordeal: LaChastity Hewitt, who recently graduated from Bastrop High School in Bastrop, Texas, was involved in a tense scuffle with a police officer during a lesson in April this year

Ordeal: LaChastity Hewitt, who recently graduated from Bastrop High School in Bastrop, Texas, was involved in a tense scuffle with a police officer during a lesson in April this year

With no other option, Hewitt’s teacher called the school’s resource officer, who is a member of the Bastrop Police Department.

When the officer tried to remove the teenager from the class, Hewitt is said to have become violent, swinging at the officer and being uncooperative.

Hewitt, who suffers from behavioural problems, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Fox 7.

 

But Hewitt tells a different story. ‘I didn’t get up so he grabbed by my shoulder real hard,’ she told the station.

‘He tripped me with his foot, took me down on the ground and had his knee in my back. And I could not get down also he pulled his taser on me and he turned it on.

Hewitt was not tasered but is said to be suffering from emotional trauma and is undergoing therapy because of the ordeal.

 
Concerned: Her mother, Kathryn Hewitt, said her daughter suffers from an intellectual disability which occasionally causes her to be disobedient and badly-behaved

Concerned: Her mother, Kathryn Hewitt, said her daughter suffers from an intellectual disability which occasionally causes her to be disobedient and badly-behaved

Her mother, Kathryn Hewitt, said her daughter suffers from an intellectual disability which occasionally causes her to be disobedient and badly-behaved. ‘She needs help with making decisions,’ she said. 

She adds that the school district has admitted that Bastrop High did not follow a behavioural plan set out for the student and have asked police to drop the charges. 

‘I don’t think she should of been arrested, her rights were violated’, said the mother, who is worried the charges could ruin her daughter’s future. 

‘It could keep her from getting into college. It could mess up her job opportunities and just moving forward with her life,’ Kathryn Hewitt said.

But the police chief will not budge. He has refused to drop the disorderly conduct charge although the district attorney did drop the resisting arrest charge.

 
Location: School officials at Bastrop High School have admitted that they did not follow a behavioural plan set out for the student

Location: School officials at Bastrop High School have admitted that they did not follow a behavioural plan set out for the student

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2165144/Special-needs-student-arrested-charged-Texas-police-say-refused-leave-classroom.html


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