Adam Stone, Autistic Ex-Student, Sues Over Being Dragged Out of Irvine High School

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An autistic student who was dragged from an Irvine High School classroom earlier this year for talking loudly is suing the school district in federal court.

Adam Stone, 18, claims in the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana that after being dragged out by a campus guard and two other men in April, he was thrown to the ground, handcuffed by Irvine Police and put in a patrol car.

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That prompted the teen to kick out the unit's rear passenger window, causing flying glass to rain over him, his suit alleges.

The complaint accuses the guard and cops of using excessive force because they were not informed Stone is autistic. Apparently, it's OK to use excessive force on a non-autistic kid.

Anyway, the Irvine Unified School District is keeping mum on the suit, as per policy with pending litigation. Gotta know when to keep that mouth shut in Plasticland.

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strawn_04
strawn_04

I actually knew this guy personally, when he was in 8th grade and me in 9th. In a non-public, non-sectarian school, of course, and it wasn't the easiest of times for either of us. Often times we actually attacked each other with words, constantly, day after day, for quite a long while, but then decided to put our differences behind us and at least tolerate each other.


What differences? We're both Asperger's patients, aren't we? He certainly was a genius. An academic child prodigy, in fact, and so was I. I used to be violent. I also used to be aggressive, eccentric, and promiscuous, certainly to the point where it was obvious I had what I have. However, I now need to literally be spied on in an outright Orwellian fashion by someone who actually has scientific knowledge of AS in the first place for any Asperger's Syndrome symptoms to be spotted in me at all, especially since my recent explosive growth in the faith. That's precisely where the division lies: I was, and still am, a devout Christian. He was an atheist.


It caused one of the longest, most violent feuds in the school's history, lasting almost a year, before, at the very end, I -- not him -- decided to just put our differences in faith aside and at least attempt to get along with him. It worked, until he was taken out of that place and home-schooled, until, ah, a few months later, he's back in public school, at IHS (which I indeed heard news of by the very school staff at the NPS), and this happens.


On Monday, March 23, 2009, I too had a run-in with police. This incident, however, wasn't one in the classroom, but a domestic one. Even though I was just as pious then as I am now, back then I was a pious hypocrite, always interpreting the Golden Rule of "treat others as you want to be treated" to mean "get even with evil people", taking Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount about not resisting evil people with a grain of salt. I used that to defend getting violent towards people who were violent towards me. When I did that with my mother and sister, yup, that's when I was cuffed and put in juvenile hall. Only guess what? I didn't fight the police. Instead of having to be dragged out of my bedroom the way Adam was dragged out of the classroom at IHS, I was calm and cooperative. Why? I was scared. I knew the weapons that police can wield, and the harm they can do to people. It was torture and pain that I simply did not want to court.


In that very juvenile hall environment that I was in until April 1, 2009, in JAIL, of all places, is where I ended up being an eyewitness to hard evidence of what happens when that eye-for-an-eye mentality is carried out: you always lose. An African-American fellow inmate starts mocking a Hispanic fellow inmate (possibly involving race), and the guards yell at the entire group to put their heads down. Everyone does, except for the African-American bully. What happens? He yells. He curses. He is taken to the ground, pepper-sprayed, Maced, beaten, tased, and tortured, continuing to resist, continuing to attract more guards, and fighting every little bit of restraint, often in the same way I used to be with the NPS teachers in the event that they would try to use force against me, and likewise with Adam, while I used the head-down call as an opportunity to continue praying without ceasing. In a silent manner, of course, because the guards told everyone to not talk, and what was unfolding around me as an answer to the prayer in real-time was real proof, screaming at me in the ears, of why you don't fight: because you always lose.


After that ordeal, I actually ended up going -- part time, of course -- to El Toro High School. To dances. Sporting events. Classes. School activities galore. Heck, it was literally just a few weeks after the ordeal that I had turned away from my violent, sinful tendencies enough to enjoy a 16th birthday party with fellow believers, not with jailbirds. I was actually having the time of my life in the awesome setting that it was, while I'm sure Adam was not allowed back to IHS ever again. I completed a whole year of probation on schedule without a single hiccup, against all odds that 90+ percent of juveniles on probation succumb to. I got to walk with the ETHS graduating class. I got to have all the fun in the world at the ETHS Grad Night, and take home the diploma of my dreams that I couldn't have obtained without the faith that brought me out of the NPS mess.


Now, here I am, 51 days, 5 hours, 33 minutes, and 5 seconds away from turning 21, taking classes at Saddleback College, having a real job (not just an internship), and oh, yeah, associating with a group of friends comprised not of atheists, but of fellow believers from my awesome youth ministry who continue to strengthen me and make me grow in my faith, which has completely liberated me from the sinful lifestyle that otherwise would have left me in an easily-noticeable condition of Asperger's despair. As a young adult, I have gone more places, done more things, and experienced more true joys and awesome moments than I could ever have dreamed of as a middle-schooler, all because I actually devoted my life *fully* to Bible study, worship, and the true freedom and true joy that comes from turning from a lifestyle of hate and moving into a lifestyle of love. A lifestyle where instead of putting down others, I lift them up. A lifestyle where I have an attitude of gratitude and not an attitude of defense. A lifestyle of freedom. Of optimism. It's this joy that truly set me apart from the start.


Hopefully it's not too late for Adam either. It's been two years since this article was written, which would make him 20 now -- certainly consistent with the age difference between him and I. Still, however, it was his disbelief, his vehement opposition, and his oppositional defiance, that got him dragged out of the classroom and forcibly thrown into the police car in the first place. I did not resist. I cooperated. I peacefully turned myself in, and in that jail cell, in the in-jail classroom where the altercation between the one African-American and at least two Hispanics took place, I was praying without ceasing, devoting my life fully to the faith that continues to make me a person that anyone who only knows the old me won't even recognize. If Adam sees this testimony, hopefully it's a wake-up call. Autism may be incurable by scientists, that's a fact, but nothing is incurable by God. I know this, because I was and AM the same (supposedly) disabled guy that he is. The difference is that thanks to Jesus, I am able to go out into the streets, use my bike as my primary mode of transportation, and enjoy the awesome beauty that surrounds me, with a completely open, surrendered spirit, and no one will know I have AS until I tell them. I can enjoy life. I can be free without being a target. Hopefully he too is jealous enough to want to actually start believing, before he ends up in an even worse situation than this. From brother to brother: I am what you could have been, a person who lives life to the full, if only you believed instead of denied.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"I've learned more off of the internet than what any school could ever offer me". I actually heard the other day where someone on the radio said that the text books that are used in today's schools are ten or more years outdated from what they should be.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

So what do you do if someone that you know is accusing you of having this so called dreaded disease and you know for a fact that you don't have it because you've never been diagnosed with it by any doctor you're entire life and you found out about because the person that is accusing you of having it looked it and found it on the internet and it says in the synopsis that the disease doesn't even exist and that there is no cure for it.

Tammy Tatro
Tammy Tatro

If he is getting dragged out of a classroom and kicking out the window of a police car then perhaps he was out of control. Looks like it might be another case of someone looking for a payday to me. It would be interesting to see the police report said and what the witnesses saw. Without all the information there is no way to say that the cops were out of line or that the High School was not classy.

Joel White
Joel White

Irvine is the Pyongyang of Orange County. Either you're accepted or exiled.

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Education is only for (pick one): 1) Those who can sit and listen and take notes 2) Those who have parents with a lawyer 3) Those on enough meds to not care where they are 4) 35 teenagers in an overcrowded room on a hot day listening to a boring lecture.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

I'm sure the little darling did nothing to provoke the cops to over-react. Cops are held, rightly, to a higher standard but I have to say I tend to sympathize when they're provoked.

 

Why is the level of education going down?  The fact that in many class rooms 60-90% of the teachers' time goes to trying to control 10% of the kids? It's time for parents to rebel against the failed notion of mainstreaming, the biggest effect of which is to steal educational time from our children.

Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez

"That prompted the teen to kick out the unit's rear passenger window, causing flying glass to rain over him"...thats also the schools/officials/polices fault? lol

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

No video?  Come on, at least one of those over-privileged high school students flipped on his Apple iPhone 6.9.   

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

@BillxT: "80 percent of all cops are criminals and violate the laws while on duty". "The citizens have a right to protect themselves from the police". OCDA T. Rack. In the Kelly Thomas case on KFI 640 News Radio earlier this year on the John and Ken Show.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @tongue_twister_for_t

That is a fairly meaningless statistic, no context, no authoritative source. I break the law nearly every day, pretty close to 100% of drivers do. I have neve had a need to protect myself from a cop, I guess I'm doing something wrong.

 

The kid obviously has self-control issues: "...  teen (kicked) out the unit's rear passenger window ...". Try spending a day in a class room with a couple of those kids then tell me it was all the cops' fault.

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