Fast food staff call cops on autistic boy, 10, for not wearing mask

An autistic boy has had the police called on him because he wasn’t wearing a face mask in a fast food restaurant.

Colin Newman, 10, who is non-verbal and has down syndrome and sensory issues, went with his mum to the Boston Market in the US state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday (local time), ABC 6 reports.

His mum Nadina said she only meant to run inside and pick up food, but her car broke down and it was too hot to stay outside.

Nadina and Colin Newman. Source: ABC 6

She added “Colin wasn’t feeling well” and she explained to an employee at the restaurant her son can’t wear a mask.

Pennsylvania’s health department is encouraging people to wear them while shopping or on public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Newman and Colin were asked to leave and she refused. That’s when the police were called.

"I felt anxious, I felt nervous, I was really shocked that this is what I was dealing with," Ms Newman told ABC 6. 

"I felt sorry for my son that he was listening to this, that he was being treated this way."

The police arrived but no charges were laid. Instead, they calmed the situation and gave the mum and her boy a ride home.

Boston Market has since apologised for the incident and said it’s retraining its staff.

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