Bruce Casler is the first to admit his son Destin has some behavioral issues and disabilities, which is why he says the way the West Irondequoit school district handled alleged “threats” made by his son, was even more upsetting.
“There was no need for any of that to come out that way, but they chose to go out there and pound their chests, and say ‘oh this is what we’re doing for you,'” said Casler.
He feels the district made a spectacle of it at school on Monday September 24th by touting increased security to address a “threat” despite the fact that Destin was in police custody and then placed on psychiatric hold from Saturday night on until Monday night.
“They still didn’t need to scare everyone from the school. He was incarcerated. He wasn’t coming to the school, he was already under arrest,” said Casler.
Casler says while his son has mental health issues, he’s never been violent. He chalks the “threats” up to the fact that Destin thinks of himself as an aspiring rapper. The social media posts that allegedly started it all: “and don’t get mad when you regret it,” “keep ya cams ready for Monday, I”m going viral.”
“In none of it have they been able to say that he said anything that was a threat towards school, or anything about school,” said Casler.
“If I thought my son was at fault, I would be in lock step with everyone trying to get it corrected, but I can’t teach my kid right from wrong if I don’t help him when he’s being wrongly accused,” said Casler.
The superintendent declined to speak, and the public information officer was limited in what details he could give because of state and federal law surrounding student privacy, but he said they acted with the community’s and the student’s safety in mind.
There were no charges filed after Destin was taken into custody Monday night, but Casler says the school is in the process of trying to suspend him.