Project Community: protecting autistic children in Jefferson Parish


SITUATIONS.>>JUST WANTED TO DO THE SAME
THINGS. CHRISTINA: THIS IS BRANDY’S
10-YEAR-OLD AUTISTIC SON, AIDEN.>>THEN SHE’S GOING TO GRAB ME
LIKE THIS. CHRISTINA: HE’S EXPLAINING WHAT
HAPPENED TO HIM AT SCHOOL WHEN A
TEACHER TRIED TO CALM HIM DOWN. IT’S ONE OF MANY SITUATIONS THAT
SCARE JEFFERSON PARISH MOTHERS
LIKE HERSELF AND CHRISTINA
MARTIN, THEY ARE WORKING WITH
OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY LIKE
SEYLI MOLINA TO CREATE CHANGE.>>IT IS IMPORTANT AT SOME POINT
FOR CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM TO
COME IN AND STEP IN, WHETHER IT
BE ON THE SCHOOL PREMISES, AN
INDEPENDENT BUSINESS, WHEREVER
WE MAY BE THAT IF WE HAVE SOMEONE IN CRISIS, IF WE CAN
HAVE PROFESSIONALS COME OUT. CHRISTINA: THIS PUSH STARTED
ABOUT A MONTH AGO. AFTER A 16-YEAR-OLD AUTISTIC BOY
DIED IN JPSO CUSTODY. DEPUTIES TRIED TO ARREST HIM FOR
BITING HIS DAD AT THIS PARKING
LOT IN METAIRIE WHEN THEY SAID
HE BECAME UNRESPONSIVE THE TEEN
DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. AND THE AUTOPSY CAME BACK
INCONCLUSIVE. THESE THREE LADIES NOW HOPE TO
CREATE A REGISTRY FOR AUSTIC
CHILDREN. SO IN CASE THERE’S EVER AN
EMERGENCY, THE POLICE WILL KNOW
WHAT THEY’RE WALKING INTO.>>EIGHT IS A SAFETY NET FOR US
TO KNOW OUR KIDS WILL NOT BE
MISHANDLED. CHRISTINA: BOURGEOIS SAYS HAVING
SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN PLACE, IN
JEFFERSON PARISH, WOULD GIVE HER
PEACE OF MIND AND COMFORT.>>I WOULD LIKE THE POLICE TO
KNOW WHO THEY ARE COMING UP ON
SO MAYBE THEY CAN APPROACH ME
WITH A DIFFERENT TACTIC,
DIFFERENT PROTOCOL. CHRISTINA: THE GROUP HOPES THE
CHANGES FIRST ARE IN KENNER. WE REACHED OUT TO POLICE WHO
TOLD US THEY SENT 12 OFFICERS TO
ADVANCED CRISIS INTERVENTION
TRAINING.

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