A 9 year-old autistic boy called Devin Shepherd was arrested at Needham Elementary School in Franklin. He got into a fight with another boy when things escalated as he ended up hitting his teacher who was trying to break up the fight. Police were called to the scene; Needham’s father was called to the school as Needham was arrested. He was arrested for “battery and criminal mischief”, the charges were dropped by the school, and they took a different approach to handle the situation.
Needham’s father recorded the moment his autistic son was arrested and told the police officers that he was going to get his attorney involved. Needham apologised for his actions as his parents told the school principal that was the wrong way to deal with the situation.