Undercover cop tricks autistic teen into buying pot

An undercover cop from the Riverside Sheriff's Department pressured a teen with autism, Tourette Syndrome, and bipolar syndrome to buy a tiny amount of pot for him, then arrested him and got him expelled from school. What a shameful thing to do.

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.

Riverside Cop Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Pot

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  1. Aren't there laws against entrapment?

  2. You can't let stuff like that get in the way of keeping our kids off drugs! Plus, everybody knows its the autistic SPED cases who have the hustle and the contacts to move most of the drugs in a given school. They are, like, the pipeline, man.

  3. Fist thought was 'again', and then I read the story and asked 'again'? Only this time instead of a girl begging and pleading it's a guy taking advantage of a guy that really can't handle social cues and had no friends.

    Can't the texts prove that he wouldn't have done this if his 'friend' had been the instigator? I've got a sister with mental problems. I had a... unique sort of development. So this? This is monstrous to me.

  4. kpkpkp says:

    "Zero Tolerance Policy" = "Zero Thinking Policy"

  5. aikimo says:

    Actually, this is why some government schools are bad.

    There are plenty of government schools which wouldn't approve of this nonsense.

    And homeschooling isn't for everyone. All parents should have a dependable, satisfying resource for their kids' education.

    I say this as a parent who's been homeschooling for over ten years, and who is highly critical of the public schooling paradigm. We need public schools. But we have to make it easier to get rid of board members and administrators who would sign off on and defend programs like this.

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