Kayleb Moon-Robinson —who is diagnosed as autistic— had barely started sixth grade last fall in Lynchburg, Virginia, when a school resource officer filed charges against him. Credit: Charlie Archambault/The Center for Public Integrity

The cellphone video of a white police officer body slamming a peaceful African-American student in South Carolina has provided a visceral spark to the national conversation over school policing.

Earlier this year, Reveal teamed up with The Center for Public Integrity to tell the story of how misbehavior that used to result in a trip to the principal’s office is now leading to arrests, interrogations and criminal charges, even for preteens. One case in particular jumped out: a sixth-grader – diagnosed with autism – who was charged with a crime for kicking a garbage can.

You can hear the story on the Web, or if you listen to us on iTunes, scroll down to the April episodes. It’s titled “From detention to detainment in Virginia.” You can read CPI’s story here.


Andrew Donohue is the deputy editor for Reveal. He works with the audience team to find out what the public needs from – and what it can contribute to – our reporting. Stories Donohue has reported and edited have led to criminal charges, firings and reforms in public housing, pesticide use, sexual harassment and labor practices, among other areas. As a reporter and editor, he’s won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association and others. Previously, Donohue helped build and lead Voice of San Diego, a pioneering local news startup. He was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University, where he worked on deepening engagement with investigative reporting. He serves on the IRE board of directors.