Young man with autism kicked out of college for alleged ‘sexual assault’

Screenshot taken from the 5 NBC DFW news website

Screenshot taken from the 5 NBC DFW news website

Waxahachie, Texas — A young man with autism attending a special needs program at the Navarro College in Waxahachie has been kicked out of college for allegedly ‘sexually assaulting‘ a student in one of the campus hallways.

According to his mother, Brian Ferguson has mistaken a stranger for someone he knows, hugging and kissing her on the top of her head, as he saw her in the campus hallway.

“He gave her a hug and kissed her on the top of her head. He’s 6’5″, so when he gives hugs, he’ll give you a big hug and kiss you right here on the top of your scalp. And then [the school] labeled it ‘sexual assault’ because of the kissing. They said a kiss is considered an assault.”

said Staci Martin, Ferguson’s mother.

A college dean reportedly informed Martin of the suspension the college decided to impose on Ferguson, telling her that her son was no longer welcome to go back.

“He cried the whole next day. He got up for school, waited for the bus. I told him it wasn’t coming,”

said Martin.

After holding a meeting Friday morning, Navarro College school administrators told Martin that they have agreed to allow Ferguson back to Waxahachie High School.

Waxahachie Independent School District refused to comment on the specifics of Ferguson’s case due to student privacy laws, but assured that they are committed to helping students with special needs, as well as their families.

Contributed by Althea Estrella Violeta

Source: Scott Gordon on the 5 NBC DFW website: Student With Autism Kicked Out of College