Handcuffed boy’s father want apologies
AVON – Greg Webb keeps waiting for things to get better. So far, they aren’t.Webb’s son, a fifth grader at Avon Elementary School, was handcuffed and driven home by Avon Police Officer David Wineman Feb. 17. In the wake of that incident, Webb has pulled his son out of school again, and is still waiting for an apology, or some contact, from the Avon Police Department, he said.Town officials have released only a brief written statement about the incident, and has denied an open records request to look at the incident report and any documents produced by an internal investigation.”From what I’ve seen, had I been the officer, I would have taken similar steps,” Avon Town Council Member Amy Phillips said. “I’m satisfied with the information I’ve seen.”So far, though, only town officials have seen that information.
Eagle County School District Superintendent John Brendza said he hasn’t seen the incident report, or heard from the Avon police since the incident.Webb is also waiting to hear anything. Webb said he was promised a written apology a couple of days after his son was brought home, but hasn’t seen that, or heard anything, since.”I’ve got nothing good to say about anybody right now,” he said Friday. “There’s been no forward movement on anything.”Besides not hearing from the police, Webb said his son has been scolded by a teacher and ostracized by his friends at school. That’s led the family to pull the boy out of class again.That means the family will either look for another school, or he may be home schooled for the rest of the year.”Hopefully we won’t get in a bind over this,” he said. “But I don’t see him going back.”
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