A report shows a school resource officer in Wyoming reportedly attacked an 8-year-old disabled boy last year.
The boy’s family has filed a complaint stating that the school resource officer erased body camera footage of the most severe parts of the attack and checked the student’s private school records without informing them.
During lunchtime in February at Freedom Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, an 8-year-old boy with a “diagnosed neurodivergent disorder” sat in the principal’s office. The youngster, whose name is “J.D.” in the lawsuit, had been following his IEP (Individualized Education Plan).
Medical reports show that “Neurodivergent” refers to people with varied brain growth or function. Because of this, their talents and problems differ from those with normal brain growth and function.
Common neurodivergent diseases include Autism, writing disorder “Dysgraphia,” reading disorder Dyslexia, Tourette syndrome, and Epilepsy.
The complaint shows Principal Chad Delbridge and another faculty member allegedly spoke privately with J.D. about his remarks to the cafeteria cashier and if he needed to apologize. School resource officer Deputy Benjamin Jacquot stood at their side as they spoke. Throughout this time, J.D. remained composed. According to a report submitted by Delbridge, Jacquot took hold of J.D.’s arm as he rose to return to class. Delbridge didn’t request Jacquot’s assistance.
The complaint states that J.D. was calm, and Deputy Jacquot had no cause to touch J.D., but Deputy Jacquot used an armlock to force J.D. into an adjacent conference room, where the attack escalated.
Jacquot caused cuts and bruises by repeatedly slamming J.D.’s face onto the floor of the conference room, according to the lawsuit. The clip from the body cameras shows Jacquot yelling at J.D. as he is pinned to the ground, saying he should take him to jail.
Deputy Jacquot is accused of evidence destruction for allegedly erasing body cam footage.
The police report also contained the private records he retrieved from J.D. school’s records. The school’s investigation found that Jacquot didn’t need access to the documents.
According to the complaint, J.D. has suffered long-term psychological effects, which have included the need for psychiatric therapy and a transfer to a school for children with emotional disorders.
The lawsuit contends that J.D.’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fourth Amendment were violated.