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12-year-old Texas student with autism arrested for firing 'imaginary rifle' at school

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A Texas mother is upset and looking for answers after she said her 12-year-old son was handcuffed and taken to a Juvenile Detention Center for playing with an imaginary rifle.

David Sims is a 5th grader with autism at Bozman Intermediate School in Conroe, Texas. He allegedly brandished an imaginary rifle at his teacher who apparently felt threatened. Sims says he was handcuffed by an officer who works at the school district. 

"They just said, 'We don't tolerate that. We take it as a threat.' A threat? He didn't threaten anyone. He didn't do anything but play," Amy Sims, David's mother, told KRIV-TV in Houston.

Amy says she wasn't notified about what happened until after her son was in custody, and her son didn't realize that what he was doing was wrong.

Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright told the TV station that given David's age and disability, criminal charges can be avoided. But Lambright says the imaginary gunfire was reportedly preceded by a verbal threat that had happened the class before. He says the incident is just the latest in a slew of reports in the area.

"Right after the Florida incident we were getting two a day, three a day and it wasn't isolated to any particular school. We have six school districts in Montgomery County and they were coming in across the county," Lambright told KRIV-TV.

The school district wouldn't comment on the specifics of David's arrest, but the family says they were informed that he must attend an alternative disciplinary school for the remainder of the spring semester.

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