His mother, LuAnne Haygood, captured the entire video and posted it to Facebook.
“I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t understand,” the boy cries out. In the video, he is handcuffed as two officers escort him to the backseat of a police car.
“I was extremely angry,” LuAnne told CNN affiliate WPBF. “I felt like this was a power play. I felt like this was a ‘this is what you get. You can’t do anything about it. We’re going to arrest your son if he can’t abide by the rules.'”
The sheriff’s office said John Haygood was arrested for felony battery on a school board authority.
His mother said this stems from when he kicked a paraprofessional at Okeechobee Alternative Academy in October.
“He didn’t feel good with a paraprofessional. He told me that and I told him, ‘You got to go back to school.’ He said, ‘I don’t want to go back to school. I don’t like him, I don’t like him. He hurts me.”
John’s mother does not deny her son’s troubled history in school but said his autism is responsible for his behavior.
In October, John was expelled from school and forced to complete work from home. But Wednesday, when he reported back to school for the first time in five months for state testing, things didn’t go as planned.
“To go and have him arrested on school grounds in front of other students, in front of personnel, during school hours — they could’ve come to my house anytime to tell me what was going on,” LuAnne said.
She said she is fed up and calling out the school district for not providing the right resources for handling a child like John.
“If I let my emotions go, I’m going to lose it,” she said. “I’m going to cry, cuss, rant, and rave. Nobody will listen to me. ‘Oh, that’s the crazy lady,’ or whatever. I want something done. I want other kids to not have to go through this.”