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Autistic boy, 8, placed in straitjacket and jailed for punching his teacher

By Mason White 10:52 AM January 21, 2015
Colton Granito 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A couple is angry after their mentally challenged son was put behind bars and then placed in a straitjacket.

The parents of the 8-year-old autistic boy are suing his school after he was arrested and placed in the straitjacket.

Colton Granito, who is suffering from various mental and emotional disorders, admitted that he punched his teacher in the face after the teacher refused to let him have a book.

School officials at the R.T. Fisher School in Gallatin, Tennessee, called police. Officers restrained the child and placed him in a straitjacket before being escorted to the juvenile division.

Granito was charged with assault and was placed behind bars.

Parents Larry and Brittany Granite said that the school had a crisis plan in place, which they followed when the boy had a tantrum.

The parents said that the school was aware of his aggressive behaviors, which included punching and kicking people.

The parents claim that the arrest and the time spent in prison caused their son physical injuries, and it was incredibly traumatic for the boy.

While he was alone in the prison cell, the 8-year-old boy was banging his head against the wall and crying for his family.

After the incident, the mother quit her job in order to stay home with her son, who is now on probation.

The family hired a lawyer, and is suing both the school and the Sumner County Sheriff.

They are seeking $500,000 for protocol violations.