Autistic Student Dies After Being Restrained Face-Down By Staff At California School For Close To An Hour

Nathan Francis

Bright lockers in an empty school hallway

An autistic student died after he stopped breathing while being restrained by staff, an incident now under investigation by local police.

The incident took place at the Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills, California, where authorities say the 13-year-old was put in what was known as a “prone restraint” for close to an hour. As the Sacramento Bee reported, the boy stopped breathing at some point while he was restrained.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said the student, who was severely autistic, became violent and had to be placed in the restraint after attacking staff members. After the boy became unresponsive, school officials administered CPR and called 911. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

It was not immediately clear what caused the boy’s death. In the call to authorities, school officials said the 13-year-old was six-feet-tall and weighed 280 pounds.

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