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Student in Banana Costume Suspended

Stafford, Va. — At Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, students have been chanting “free Banana Man.”

According to WTTG-TV, Banana Man is 14-year-old Brian Thompson who donned a banana costume and ran down the football field at Colonial Forge on Friday night. The student, who is autistic, thought running down the field in the suit would be a harmless prank.

The student was later placed in handcuffs and placed into the back of a sheriff’s cruiser following is run downfield but no charges were filed, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

The student was suspended from school, according to WTTG-TV. A Stafford schools spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

This is the second time in over a year and half an autistic person has been detained by police.

Last year, 19-year-old Reginald “Neli” Latson beat up a sheriff’s deputy outside North Stafford High School. He was sentenced to 10-years in prison in March, a sentence his mother vows to appeal.

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