Drug War

Judge Orders Autistic Student Reinstated After Marijuana Bust

Blasts school officials' conduct

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The parents of an autistic student accused of selling marijuana last year to an undercover deputy have prevailed in their effort to have the teen reinstated at the Temecula high school.

An administrative law judge who heard the special education student's case issued a scathing ruling against the Temecula Valley Unified School District Friday, March 8. Judge Marian H. Tully wrote the district left the student "to fend for himself, anxious and alone, against an undercover police officer" and said the parents had "overwhelmingly demonstrated" that the teen's behavior with the deputy was significantly influenced by his disability.

An Office of Administrative Hearings judge who heard the case challenging a move to expel the special education student, Tully found that the district failed to provide the teen with required counseling and other services while knowingly exposing the teen to the deputy.