SCOTLAND: Change.org Petition To Free Sam Barlow Sheriff Philip Mann has sentenced a 16-year-old autistic boy to 3 years in jail.
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 decision is re-evaluated.
Share this petition far and wide, and contact your representatives in Parliament to make them aware of this injustice before we present the petition to Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson.