Alyson Chadwick

Writer・Editor・Strategist・Comedian・Activist

WTF, Florida?

If you are upset about a 10 year old boy with Autism being arrested, hauled away in handcuffs and forced to spend a night in juvie, well, you should be.

If you don’t know about it, you can read about it here.

The mother has asked people to write or call (be respectful) Okeechobee officials. If you do not live in Okeechobee but live in Florida, you should reach out to the people who represent you in the state House & Senate. I would say to contact Governor Voldemort but well, he’s evil.

If you do not live in Florida but still want to call someone, call your Congressperson and Senators. This school district gets federal funding, too. I think they do.

You can reach all three at 202-225-2131. Now, that is officially the House number but it is easier to get through and you can get both sides of the Hill. You can look here as well: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/ or you can text your zip code to 520-200-2223 and get everyone who represents you.

If you live in Okeechobee:

Okeechobee City

Mayor: dwatford@cityofokeechobee.com

City Council

dwatford@cityofokeechobee.com

moconnor@cityofokeechobee.com

nchandler@cityofokeechobee.com

mclark@cityofokeechobee.com

Okeechobee County

Okeechobee County Commission

http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/government/board-of-county-commissioners

Go here to find your commissioner:

http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/government/who-is-my-commissioner

District 1: http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/government/who-is-my-commissioner

District 2: http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/government/who-is-my-commissioner

District 3: bgoodbread@co.okeechobee.fl.us

District 4: bgoodbread@co.okeechobee.fl.us

District 5: bgoodbread@co.okeechobee.fl.us

Florida State Senator for Okeechobee County: https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s26

U.S. House of Representative Rooney: https://rooney.house.gov/

This is a link for a number of your reps. FL House & Senate, US House and US Senate:

https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/districtdetails.aspx?housedistrict=55&senatedistrict=26&SenateMemberID=4587&MemberId=4551&SessionId=83&CongressionalDistrictID=17&LAT=27.24334&LONG=-80.827&houseDistrictId=55&senateDistrictId=26&congressDistrictId=17

PS. to this story. I just received this:

“Good Evening, I recently saw Luanne Haygood story on your page and wanted to share that this also happened to another kid last month in Florida. Only it was Orange County and the kid is a 14yr old Autistic teen with no history of behavioral problem who was also assaulted by the school VP and school resource officers. https://sso.cmgdigital.com/static/server.html?origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wftv.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fparents-of-orange-county-student-with-aspergers-question-schools-handling-of-sons-outburst%2F499498721