Flint Schools Probe Bullying Of Autistic Student Who Refused Marijuana
FLINT (WWJ/AP) - School officials in Flint are investigating a claim that an autistic ninth-grader was assaulted by other students when he refused to take a marijuana blunt.
Candice Foster told MLive.com that the attack occurred Wednesday after her 15-year-old son Micheal Boutcher missed the bus home from Flint Northern High School.
Boutcher, who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, says he asked the other students how to get home. He said one student offered him the marijuana and when he refused, two boys began to hit him.
A man living nearby came to his aid and drove Boutcher home.
“If he wouldn’t have brought him home I don’t know what would have happened,” Foster told MLive.com.
“He’s the kindest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Boutcher added.
Foster said her son attends Flint Northern because Southwestern High School doesn’t offer his special-needs classes. Still, she said he will now attend Southwestern.
Flint schools spokesman Bob Campbell said the district is aware of the incident and is investigating.
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