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http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/10/09/riverside-cop-tricks-autistic-teen-into

"We felt like our family was totally violated by the sheriff's department and the school district," says Doug and Catherine Snodgrass of Temecula, California. Last December their 17-year-old autistic high school son was arrested after twice buying marijuana for an undercover Riverside county police officer.

The undercover operation, titled "Operation Glass House," spanned a few months and included undercover officers in three area high schools: Chaparral, Temecula Valley, and Rancho Vista Continuation. The officers posed as regular high school students and would ask other students for drugs. Twenty-two students were arrested - the majority of them are reported to be special needs students like the Snodgrass' son.

Their son, who wished to remain unnamed, is noticeably handicapped and has been diagnosed with autism as well as bipolar disorder, Tourettes, and several anxiety disorders.

"Everyday is a challenge for him," says his father.

Their son's list of disabilities have many in the community wondering why he was targeted in this undercover drug operation.

The ordeal began on the first day of school last fall. The family had just moved to a new neighborhood and their son began his senior year at a new school, Chaparral High, in the Temecula Valley Unified School District. Their son rarely socialized, so his mom was thrilled when he announced that he had made a new friend in art class on the first day of school.

"We were so excited. I told him he should ask his friend to come over for pizza and play video games," says Catherine Snodgrass, "but his new friend always had an excuse."

His new friend, who went under the name of Daniel Briggs, was known as "Deputy Dan" to many students because it was so apparent to them that he was an undercover officer. However, to their son, whose disabilities make it hard for him to gauge social cues, Dan was his only real friend.

Dan reportedly sent 60 text messages to their son begging for drugs. According to his parents, the pressure to buy drugs was too much for the autistic teen who began physically harming himself.

The Snodgrass' son finally agreed to buy Dan the pot. Dan give him twenty dollars and it took him three weeks to buy a half joint of pot off a homeless man downtown. This happened twice. When Dan asked a third time, their son refused and Dan cut off all communication.

"Our son was pretty broken up about that and he was back to having zero friends," says Doug Snodgrass.

On December 11, 2012 armed police officers walked into their son's classroom and arrested him in front of his peers. He was taken to the juvenile detention center, along with the 21 other arrestees, where he was kept for 48 hours. First hand reports claim that the juvenile center was caught off guard by the large number of arrests and that some youths had to sleep on the floor, using toilet paper as pillows.

Their son was also expelled from high school.

The Snodgrass' hired a private attorney and took their case to court. In January, he was found not guilty due to extenuating circumstances. The judge had him undergo informal probation and perform 20 hours of community service.

In March, an administrative judge ordered their son to be reinstated into school stating that the district had left their son "anxious and alone" to defend for himself against an undercover police officer.

The school district is currently appealing this judge's ruling, stating that their son was cognitive enough to know right from wrong. The school district has a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to drugs.

The Snodgrass' son was unable to graduate with his class last spring but is expected to graduate this December. By the time the school district's appeal goes through, their son would have already graduated. The Snodgrass' say this is an entire waste of tax payer money. The Temecula Valley Unified School District declined to comment.

The family is suing the school district for unspecified damages. The lawsuit will be filed on October 30.

"This has been devastating to our family. It's a real drain on our resources emotionally, financially, physically," says Doug Snodgrass. "It's exhausting, but when your child gets harmed like this, you really don't think twice about it. It's not a matter of getting even. He is messed up by this and what happened is wrong. We feel an obligation to restore him in every way possible."

Their son was the only arrestee to be reinstated in school, largely thanks to his parents' perseverance and their financial ability to take their fight to court. The other special needs students arrested remained expelled and at least one served a year in jail.

Doug and Catherine's son is currently being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by the ordeal.

The Snodgrass' have set up a fundraising campaign for their legal expenses.

The Riverside County Sheriff's department and Special Investigations Bureau did not return several requests for an interview. The Riverside District Attorney's office declined to comment.
That's fucking low. Tricking special needs students into buying weed and then busting them. It's hilarious the other students called him Deputy Dan to his face though.
 

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This happened over 6 months ago

Why are they posting article now?

I am starting to think that reason.com just looks for things to get offended over
 

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Undercover Cop must be pretty shitty at his job if some High School students figured it out.

Good job Deputy Dan.
 

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i laughed. needing to beg someone, especially someone disabled, to buy your weed, as an undercover cop, is so sad, yet so hilarious.
 

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Despicable.
 

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That cop is the lowest of the low picking on special needs kids. He should be fired. I hope they win a lot of money in the lawsuit with the school.
 

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Unfortunately it's very common for an Autistic to get manipulated. Slightly unrelated, but I have a theory that Aspies are not as naive as some people think, but rather they are more lonely. Think of what con artists do to elderly widow(er)s and you can see what I mean.
 

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"They" are human beings just like all of us. They aren't specials or special needs kids or autistics they are human beings, children, who happen to have special needs. It shouldn't define who they are.

Respect those who don't give you a reason not to. Sadly most people never learned that. It's bad parenting really. I'm referring to the cop when I say that. Most of you guys are cool. :)
 
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"They" are human beings just like all of us. They aren't specials or special needs kids or autistics they are human beings, children, who happen to have special needs. It shouldn't define who they are.

Respect those who don't give you a reason not to. Sadly most people never learned that. It's bad parenting really. I'm referring to the cop when I say that. Most of you guys are cool. :)
I think being called a "speacial need student" is not as bad as being called a "tard" or "retard" which many people do.

Though in some contexts, calling someone a special need can be down right cunty like when My school teacher said "but he is a speacial need student" 4 times right in front of the student though he said it in his defense, but either the teach was saying it on purpose(as a subtle insult) or really was that dumb.
 

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I think being called a "speacial need student" is not as bad as being called a "tard" or "retard" which many people do.

Though in some contexts, calling someone a special need can be down right cunty like when My school teacher said "but he is a speacial need student" 4 times right in front of the student though he said it in his defense, but either the teach was saying it on purpose(as a subtle insult) or really was that dumb.
I agree 1000% with you. Use of the R word in that context is disrespectful and just plain mean hearted.

Don't get me started on teachers. Most of them have no idea what they are doing. There is a reason education in our country is not a priority.
 

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Don't get me started on teachers. Most of them have no idea what they are doing. There is a reason education in our country is not a priority.
I have a friend who has dyslexia. He wrote a note to his teacher telling her that he is dyslexic. The teacher read the note and said: "If you've been daignosed with it, how come you can't even spell it?" I was like you cannot be serious :lmao :lmao
 

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That is a great example. A lot of teachers want to be teachers to get 2-3 months off and boss people (kids) around. They don't want to help kids. Thats a smoke screen for some teachers. They want an easy road and an early retirement.
 

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Unfortunately it's very common for an Autistic to get manipulated. Slightly unrelated, but I have a theory that Aspies are not as naive as some people think, but rather they are more lonely. Think of what con artists do to elderly widow(er)s and you can see what I mean.
"An autistic"? Is that the PC term now? Reduce us to our disability. Nice.

Also, you're wrong about "Aspies." Very wrong.

This cop, by the way, should be shot. He won't be, though, because he hit his precious target and we all know that in a supposedly-civilized world, the disabled don't have a right to be treated like humans or be in receipt of justice.
 
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