• 17-year-old with autism sucker-punched in high school hallway

    By: WHIO.com

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    DAYTON, Ohio -

    A 17-year-old with autism was sucker-punched in a Dayton Public School hallway this week.

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    The assault took place Thursday morning at Thurgood Marshall High School. 

    Meagan Bistreck, the boy’s mother, said no one notified her of the attack after it happened. She learned about the incident after her son sent her a video of the assault, which was sent to him by other students.

    “I didn’t realize it was my child. Who thinks it’s going to be your kid getting hit in the back of the head like that,” she said. 

    She said the attack appears to have been premeditated, with another student recording it, and believes her son was assaulted for wearing the color red.

    “I’m mad because he’s getting hit for wearing a specific color,” she said.

    Bistreck said the same student who hit her son asked him moments earlier if he was gang-affiliated and her son said no, red just happens to be his favorite color.

    “It’s not fair to him, he didn’t do anything wrong, he shouldn’t be punished," she said. "That’s exactly what’s happening, he’s being punished for other people’s actions.”

    WHIO reached out to Dayton Public Schools, which said, “DPS cannot comment on this matter as it relates to student discipline.”

    Bistreck was told the student involved received a suspension, but a DPS spokesperson couldn’t confirm that. 

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