Undercover Police Target Special-Needs Student in School Drug Sting (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A 17-year-old special-needs student was set up for a drug arrest at Chaparral High School in Temecula, California, claim his parents, who are now suing the school (video below).

Doug and Catherine Snodgrass say their son, who has been diagnosed with autism, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome and various anxiety disorders had a hard time making friends, until a young man named "Daniel" suddenly became his instant buddy.

However, Daniel was actually an undercover cop from the Riverside, California County Sheriff's Department. He reportedly "hounded" the boy to sell him his prescription medication.

The special-needs teen refused, but eventually did accept $20 from Daniel to buy him a joint from a homeless man. The young man was not aware that his only friend was trying to get him arrested.

"During that time, he received more than 60 text messages from this undercover officer,” Doug Snodgrass told “Our son has a real problem reading social cues and social inferences because of his various disabilities. It would’ve been hard for him to figure to out that he was talking to an undercover officer.”

“Our son went to school the morning of Dec. 11 and he didn’t show up at home after school, because he was arrested in his classroom. Police went into his classroom armed, and handcuffed our son. We were not notified by anyone, and he was held for two days, and we were not able to see him."

In March 2013, Judge Marian H. Tully ruled that the Temecula Valley Unified School District could not expel the special needs student and failed to provide him with proper services, noted

The Snodgrasses claim in their lawsuit that the school “participated with local authorities in an undercover drug sting that intentionally targeted and discriminated against [him]."

The Temecula Valley Unified School District released a statement to ABC News that read: “The district continues to act lawfully and in furtherance of its mission to educate students and better prepare them for successful adulthood."

"Any and all claims filed with the district will be considered and processed in accordance with district policy and procedure, and the law. The district continues to research and consider its options for addressing the administrative law judge’s decision, but no appeal has been filed at this point.”

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