Watch How An Undercover Cop Tricked An Autistic Teen Into Selling Him Weed (Video)
In a documentary titled, “Weediquette: The War on Kids” produced by VICE, we're introduced to the story of Jesse Snodgrass: a high school senior from California who was busted when an undercover cop befriended him and then tricked him into selling him weed.
Jesse was one of 22 students who were arrested from three high schools in the LA suburb of Temecula, California in 2011 for similar drug-related crimes in a sting called “Operation Glasshouse” that the documentary says is an example of “how the war on drugs preys on the most vulnerable.”
Jesse's parents say their son, who has Aspergers syndrome was mostly friendless in school, and so it was a big deal when he made a friend in a fellow student named Daniel — who later turned out to be an undercover cop. Wanting to please the only friend he had made at the new high school he transferred to his senior year, Jesse figured out a way to get his buddy some weed from a homeless man on the street. What he thought was a favor for his only buddy turned out to be a ploy to catch him dealing.
Following the bust, Jesse was expelled from the high school and not allowed to graduate, and his parents say he was so affected by the whole incident that he suffers from PTSD, also refusing to appear on camera. Three years following his senior year, Jesse was finally allowed to graduate and walk the stage this year.
But Jesse and his family want his story heard and to make sure that no one else suffers through a similar incident like his. The Snodgrass family is suing the Temecula Valley Unified School District for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other charges, and ultimately want to help end these types of undercover drug stings.
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