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Change.org Petition To Free Sam Barlow

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Same Difference

Some of you have asked if there was one. I’ve just found it.

Sheriff Philip Mann has sentenced a 16-year-old autistic boy to 3 years in jail.

A few months ago, Sam suffered a breakdown. As a result of his autism, the nature of the breakdown was severely amplified and culminated in a regrettably dangerous situation.

While sentencing is acceptable for some, it will inevitably be an isolating and counterproductive experience for a 16 year old with autism. This is a draconian decision that has evidently overlooked the complexity of a very young person’s health and wellbeing, and will exacerbate the problem.

Rather than tackling the underlying causes of the incident, this decision has made an example of a powerless young person.

As a highly vulnerable individual, Sam needs a supportive network of professionals around him. For this to happen, our community needs to act now to ensure that this…

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