GREENVILLE, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) — A South Carolina mother said her autistic son was suspended indefinitely from a middle school for drawing a cartoon-like bomb.
Amy Parham said her son Rhett – who attends Hillcrest Middle School – copied the bomb picture from a video game cover and showed it to some students.
“The administration knows he never intended to hurt anyone and they know he doesn’t have a real bomb but the principal and assistant principal are worried about what the parents will say if they don’t take action,” Parham posted on Facebook.
Greenville County Schools spokesman Oby Lyles tells WHNS-TV that the special needs student will be suspended pending a hearing.
“In global terms, a special education student is suspended pending a manifestation hearing which determines if the behavior is due to the student’s disability,” Lyles said.
The state’s Department of Education says it has yet to hear from Parham about her son being suspended.
“At this time, since the matter relates to student discipline, it is left up to the local school district to investigate the issue through a manifestation hearing and determine if the student’s behavior is due to his disability,” the department said in a statement to WHNS.
Parham hopes common sense will prevail and that her son will be allowed back at school.
She added, “They should worry more about treating an innocent special needs child like a criminal.”