NOTE: The moment I read this story I said, "This young man was restrained and choked out." Now, we don't know that this is the case. However, 18 year olds with autism are as strong as oxen, and can make even Mom and Dad ballistic when in a rage or fear-based outburst. So how are school personnel, or bus personnel to react? Often with a heavy, deadly hand. Our bus staff does not have PMT training - that's how to defend and safely restrain.
I teach self-defense. I am a black belt in two martial arts. I know how to block and put someone into a submission. Most do not. Most who work with your kids DO NOT. Let the story unfold. Pray for the family. Pray for the staff. And pray for a CURE to be a top priority of this administration. We need it. Cure by death doesn't work. KIM
From NBC San Diego - read the full article here.
An 18-year-old autistic student died Friday while on his way home from school.
San Bernardino resident Anthony Corona died after losing consciousness when school employees "restrained" him following an "altercation," according to the San Bernardino Police Department.
Corona, who attended Bright Futures Academy, a Riverside school serving special-needs students, got into an altercation with another student and school employees on the bus, police said.
The employees and the bus driver, who had exited the freeway to assist the employees, restrained Corona, who at "one point" lost consciousness, according to police.
School employees performed CPR and called for "emergency medical aid." Corona was taken to St. Bernadine's Hospital, where he later died.
The school issued a statement expressing its "deepest sympathy" to Corona's family, but said signs indicate its employees followed guidelines.