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Collin County, TX: 13 yr old with autism jailed 44 days for threatening to "shoot up his school"

Dec 21, 2018, Dallas/Fort Worth, NBC5: Teen With Autism Charged With Making Terroristic Threat in Collin County An 8th grader in Collin County is facing serious charges after police say he threatened to shoot up his school. The student is diagnosed with autism and his parents say what happened is all a big misunderstanding because of his condition. Cole McLain, 13, who has autism, spent 44 days in a juvenile detention center in McKinney. It’s been an agonizing month-and-a-half for his parents Lori and Parish McLain, eager to have their son home for the holidays…. How he ended up behind bars begins in Frisco in October when Lori says a classmate reported Cole had developed a "kill list" of students and staff at Maus Middle School. He was arrested and a district investigation determined his behavior to be "a manifestation of the student's disability."… According to a district police investigation summary, Cole became agitated when a teacher at Edge Middle School told him he was sitting in the wrong seat. … As class began, the report says Cole looked at the teacher and said, "We'll shoot this school too." He was questioned and days later arrested again…. But when it comes to children with autism, experts say it isn't clear cut. “They don't understand what they're saying,” said Leigh Richardson, clinical director of Brain Performance Center in Dallas. … His parents say he could face 12 months on probation.

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