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Autistic teen restrained and handcuffed at school

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"All I want is to be like every other kid," said Blake Booth. But the 15-year-old high school freshman knows that's not going to happen due to his autism.

"It's like a roller coaster," said Booth. "Once I get to the top it's all going to come crashing down and it's not going to be easy to deal with either."

Booth's downward spiral on Thursday at Scarborough High School has his parents demanding answers and Houston Independent School District defending the school's staff saying the incident was handled appropriately.

The school day had barely started when Booth found himself being written up and sent to the office.

"I made a vulgar comment about a kid I did not particularly like," said Booth.

The vice principal was trying to reason with Booth but his autism wouldn't have it.

"It went to a place it should have never gone," said Blake's mother Jill Booth.

Hearing a phone conversation between the vice principal and his dad sent Booth's meltdown into overdrive.

"And she was suggesting that I go into a class for highly autistic kids that are speech impaired and they don't talk very well," said Blake. "They have problems walking they can't do much for themselves and she was suggesting I stay there for the rest of the year."

Blake went to a special education room that's his designated safe place where school officials allow him to go calm down.

But the teacher, Blake said was getting on him about his behavior.

"When he's in this situation he doesn't have the ability to say can you just give me some time," said Jill.

Blake says he was pacing and cursing, even threw a dust pan across the room.

When he tried to run out the teacher restrained him.

It took the teacher, the principal and a cop to get Booth restrained and in handcuffs.

That left him with numerous marks on his wrists, arms and neck.

"Nobody wants to see their kids in handcuffs, not their disabled kid," said Jill.

H.I.S.D. says temporarily restraining Blake had to be done,, he was posing a safety risk to himself and other students.

But his mom said the staff knows it's best to just leave Blake alone during a meltdown.

"The point to where he becomes rigid in his autism he does not think as a normal person would," said Jill.

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