Mother of 7-year-old special needs student Yosio Lopez claims DISD officers used a Taser and a baton during an incident at school
April Odis was called to Gabe P. Allen Charter School last Tuesday to pick up her son after he was disrupting class
When Odis arrived her son had already been transferred to Dallas Behavioral Healthcare in DeSoto
The family’s attorney claims Lopez has bruising from being struck with a baton and a Taser
The school district refuses to confirm or deny the allegations due to federal laws of student privacy
A mother in Arlington, Texas is outraged after her 7-year-old special needs son, Yosio Lopez, was allegedly handcuffed while a local police officer used a Taser on the boy.
Last Tuesday morning, April Odis was called to Lopez’s school to pick him up after he was disrupting class. When Odis arrived at the school, her son was nowhere to be found.
Before Odis could arrive at Gabe P. Allen Charter School, Dallas ISD Police Department was called about the disruptive child. Lopez allegedly turned violent and began banging his head against a wall while the school was conducting standardized testing.
The family’s attorney, Amar Dhillon, showed FOX45NOW pictures that he claims are bruising from Lopez being struck with a baton. He also showed a picture of the Lopez’s back, which he says shows marks from a Taser that DISD used.
Dhillon stated that “He did vividly describe being shocked and his body convulsing. And he was very clear about that.” The school district says that they cannot confirm or deny the incident due to federal laws that protect student privacy.
The Dallas Independent School District is committed to educating the whole child each day, and in doing so, we believe in providing a productive learning environment that is safe for all staff and students. While there has been media interest into an alleged incident at one of our Dallas ISD campuses, due to federal confidentiality laws protecting the privacy of all students and their families, we are unable to publicly confirm or deny the matter reported. We stand by our commitment to serve all students and to ensure their health and safety are never compromised as we focus on student achievement.
Dallas Behavioral Healthcare
The incident did not end there. Lopez was then taken to Dallas Behavioral Healthcare in DeSoto where he remained for almost a week. Lopez was released Monday afternoon after it was determined that he “no longer posed a threat to himself.”
When Odis arrived at the mental health facility, she saw Lopez standing in handcuffs. She took a picture of her son, that later went viral on social media. Lopez later told Odis that the “police laser tagged me at school.“
Odis said that her son has ADHD and a mood disorder and disrupts class several times a week. The school is supposed to have counselors who are trained to help him cope during these episodes. The school claims that Lopez’s counselor was not available at the time of the incident.