Anthony Corona

Name: Anthony “Antaba” Corona.
Died: December 9, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA.

Details:
Anthony, called “Antaba” by his family, lived with his uncle and grandmother. He attended a special-needs school where he had been going since he was a child. He was an opera fan; whenever his grandmother tried to get him to watch cartoons, he’d change the channel so that he could watch singing. He liked to read, and liked eating at McDonald’s, where he always got a Happy Meal.

On the school bus home–after enduring nearly all of the two-hour bus ride–Anthony became distressed, knocking on the window and throwing a plastic water bottle at an aide. When another student tried to help the aide “calm him down”, Anthony grabbed the student’s necklace, breaking it. The other student got angry and punched Anthony in the face.

In response to this fight, school staff restrained Anthony–who was still strapped into his seat–by pushing his head down between his legs, a position that made it impossible for Anthony to breathe. He suffocated and died.

After Anthony’s death, his school was suspended from accepting any more students. Several months later, accused of multiple policy violations, the school briefly closed to admissions, but was re-certified and is once again open.

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