Autistic teen sues Irvine school district

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IRVINE, Calif. (AP) – An autistic teenager who was dragged from class and handcuffed has sued the Irvine Unified School District. The Orange County Register says the federal suit claims excessive force was used on Adam Stone.

In April, a teacher ordered the 18-year-old to leave an Irvine High School class for talking too loudly.

The suit says a campus guard and two other men dragged the boy out and forced him to the ground. He was detained by Irvine police, handcuffed and put in a patrol car where he kicked out the window.

The suit says the boy’s emotional state escalated because the guard and police weren’t told he was autistic and didn’t follow a previous plan to deal with his behavior.

District spokesman Ian Hanigan declined to comment on the suit.

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