FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Tyler Mercier, an autistic 11-year-old boy from Fayetteville, is now homeschool after he says he was thrown across a classroom by two teachers.

  • The incident happened last year in September
  • The child's father says he is having a hard time finding a lawyer
  • Officers say there was no evidence of the teachers intending to harm the student 

The incident happened late September of 2018 at Mary McArthur Elementary School and the boy's dad, Joseph Glegola, is hoping to get a lawsuit started. Mercier says the incident started because he was kicking a white board in class and threw a teacher's bag. 

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says the teachers were performing a therapeutic hold and the marks came with the child resisting, however, Glegola says his son was assaulted.

"We can't find a lawyer that will take on Cumberland County Schools," Glegola said. "They're all too afraid. As soon as you mention school it's 'sir, we can't help you.'"

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office says they consulted with a doctor after showing her the photos. They say there was no evidence of the teachers intending to harm the student which resulted in no charges being filed.

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