Twelve-year-old David Sims, a 5th-grade autistic student at Conroe Independent School District’s Bozman Intermediate school in Texas was handcuffed and taken away on Monday. Sims was allegedly brandishing an “imaginary” rifle at his art teacher, an educator who apparently felt threatened.
“She (CISD Police Officer) just put handcuffs on me and told me I need to go with her,” the boy said. “They just said, ‘We don’t tolerate that. We take it as a threat.’ A threat? He didn’t threaten anyone. He didn’t do anything but play,” said Amy Sims, David’s mother.
Amy Sims says she wasn’t notified of the classroom incident until after her son was in custody. Like many students challenged with autism, Amy says her son simply didn’t understand “make believe” gunplay on campus has become inappropriate behavior.
David spent two hours and eleven minutes at the Juvenile Detention Center. Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright says given his age and disability it’s likely criminal charges can be avoided.
“Because he’s disabled, they automatically think he’s got something mental, so he might go shoot up a school,” said Amy Sims.