Special needs student allegedly struck by guard

The family of a 17-year-old Oakland Unified School District student who happens to have Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair for transportation is seeking justice after their son was allegedly struck several times and was injured when thrown out of his wheelchair by the school security officer – most of which was caught on videotape.

The family claims the abuse started on Monday, May 19, at 9 a.m. in the elevator and continued as the security officer handcuffed the student and pushed him down the hallway.

The security guard was trying to clear the hallway and encouraged students to go to class when he allegedly grabbed the student’s wheelchair. The student protested and told the officer to let go. The student was then handcuffed and admits to spitting at the guard.

“I was handcuffed, so I didn’t have no way to defend myself but my mouth,” the student said. The student claims harassment by the same security officer one month earlier, as well.

The officer was arrested by Oakland Police and fired by the school system. The Alameda County District Attorney’s office has since filed felony charges. The student was taken to Children’s Hospital for care of an injury to his face, neck and arms. For the story and the video, visit Katsuayama, Jana. ”Video shows brutal beating of Oakland High student in wheelchair,” KTVU.com, May 19, 2014..

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