School accused of putting autistic student in bag

By BRUCE SCHREINER | December 22, 2011 | 1:25 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman says her 9-year-old autistic son was stuffed into a ball bag at his public school for acting up.

Sandra Baker says officials in Mercer County in central Kentucky described the action as a form of therapy for the boy, whose behavior had prompted them to call family to take him home Dec. 14.

Baker says when she arrived at Mercer County Intermediate School to pick up her son, Chris, she found him wiggling inside the bag in a hallway. She says the drawstring on the bag was pulled tight. A small opening was left at the top, and a teacher's aide was sitting next to the bag.

State education officials say they are investigating the issue. The story was first reported by WLEX and WKYT in Lexington.