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13-year-old boy thrown in jail for 6 days for throwing Skittles candy on bus

By Mason White 11:25 AM May 22, 2015
Police handcuffing young girl 

By: Feng Qian
A 13-year-old boy in Louisiana, was arrested at school in front of his friends after allegedly throwing candy on another student on a school bus, according to a complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The eighth-grader was arrested at school after being accused of throwing Skittles candy at another student.

The boy was charged with simple battery and handcuffed in front of his class by an officer. When he cried out as the officer twisted his arm, the officer said that he was going to also charge him with resisting arrest.

The boy was held at the Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center for six days.

The complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center also described how a 10-year-old black student diagnosed with autism, ended up handcuffed and face down on the ground with a police officer’s knee on her back.

Police were called after the girl had an outburst in class and began running around the classroom, jumping on desks and knocking down chairs.

She climbed out a classroom window and up a tree. The police dragged her away from the tree by her ankles and handcuffed her. Several officers were on the scene.

When the girl’s grandmother arrived, she found a police officer pressing her granddaughter’s face so close to the ground that she was having difficulty breathing.

Officers eventually released the girl. Another Jefferson Parish student, a seventh-grader, became upset during a conference with school officials and her mother.

After arguing with her mother, she was handcuffed and charged with “interference with an educational facility.” She was held overnight at the Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center and suspended from school.