10-year-old special needs boy arrested at Waxahachie school for assault

A mom is upset at the way the Waxahachie school district handled the arrest of her 10-year-old special needs son.

Tristan Jabre spent the night at the juvenile detention center after assaulting at least one staff member at Dunaway Elementary School in Waxahachie. Tristan served a one day school suspension and faces three counts of assault.

Ryann Jabre acknowledges what her son did was wrong, but she feels the school district mishandled the situation. Ryann said her son has the mental ability of a 3-year-old.

“That was wrong and I have told him that you don't hit people, you don't kick people, you don't bite, that is not okay,” Ryann Jabre said.

Last week she got a call from the assistant principal saying Tristan had become violent with staffers and was being suspended. When a family member arrived to pick Tristan up, he was no longer at the campus.

“I wasn't told that the police were called and I wasn't told that Tristan had been taken down to the police department until after the fact,” Ryann Jabre said. “And I also wasn't allowed to see Tristan or talk to Tristan the whole time.”

Ryann wasn’t able to see Tristan for 24 hours and was only briefly able to speak to him by phone.

In a statement emailed to FOX4, a district spokeswoman said in part:  "Police responded to an incident at the school, and based on their observations made the decision to take a student into custody. Any further questions can be referred to the Waxahachie Police Department."

Police said the incident was a juvenile matter and an open records request would have to be filled out and processed.

Tristan's mom remains frustrated by the situation and hopes exposure in the media can lead to some kind of resolution.

Details of the arrest will not be known until FOX4 gets a response from the open records request, which could take up to 10 days.

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