Child with Asperger's Beaten by Bullies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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 says the attack occurred Wednesday after her 15-year-old son Micheal Boutcher missed the bus home from Flint Northern High School.
Boutcher has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Boutcher says he asked other students how to get home. One offered him the marijuana. When Boutcher refused, two boys began to hit him.
A man living nearby came to his aid and drove Boutcher home.
Foster says her son attends Flint Northern because Southwestern High School doesn't offer his special-needs classes. Still, she says he will now attend Southwestern.


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  • by Courtney Location: Location on Oct 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    I applaud this student! Depending on level of impairment, his ability to say no to drugs is exceptional. As to the parents of this child, why would you change schools to a place that has no programming for this child? He doesn't deserve that. As for the bullies, the school should have "no tolerance" rules for bullying and these students should be disciplined to the extreme, one for drugs and two for attacking a fellow student, and three for attacking a vulnerable student at that. It would be supreme to see the parents of the bullies have to pay for services for this student to make sure he gets the programming if he leaves. He should stay at the school and the bullies should have to go. This student may not do well with a change due to his Asperger's.
  • by fowler Location: Location on Oct 21, 2012 at 06:15 AM
    who the heck are these bullies parents and why arent they teaching their brats about respect i think if parents of these bullies were held accountable by jail time or monentary fines they might take more time teaching their brats not to bully anyone bullies should be treated the way they treated this boy publically and humilate them maybe they would understand the emotional effects
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2012 at 04:32 AM
    Well it is time to find the bullies and beat them and see how they like having that done to them. Then after that suspend them from school for the rest of the year, plus fail them for the year so they have to take that year over again.
  • by michmom Location: hillsdale on Oct 19, 2012 at 07:50 PM
    This is what's wrong with this society, why is the victim changing schools?? So sad.
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