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Teen Arrested for Burping in Class

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A 13-year-old boy was arrested, handcuffed, and taken to juvenile detention after he burped audibly in class.

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A lawsuit being filed by the boy’s parents also outlines a separate incident in which the boy was forced to strip down to his underwear in front of school officials, because he was suspected of selling drugs.

“Criminalizing of the burping of a thirteen-year-old boy serves no governmental purpose,” the lawsuit said. “Burping is not a serious disruption, a threat of danger was never an issue.”

The lawsuit also claims the boy was suspended for the balance of the school year, and that his rights were violated because the school failed to provide him with an explanation of the evidence they had against him.

It sounds like there is more to this story than what is being reported by CBS news:

  1. If I read between the lines correctly, it appears that this young man is a behavioral problem in school, and the two incidents referenced in the lawsuit are part of a pattern.
  2. His parents are enabling him.
  3. School personnel may not be properly trained in classroom-management techniques. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that numerous other children in the same district have been handcuffed and arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors.


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