Piece by piece, the Granito family is trying to make sense of what happened.
Last February, a then 8-year-old Colton Granito got into big trouble at R.T. Fisher School in Gallatin for hitting a teacher in the face because he could not have a book.
“I was getting mad,” Colton said. “I punched a teacher.”
Colton has several mental and emotional disorders.
After the assault, Colton says workers restrained, handcuffed, and took him to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department and locked him up behind bars.
In an audio recording of that day, Colton is heard crying for his family and him hitting the jail cell wall demanding to be released.
Even almost a year after the incident, just hearing those recordings brings Colton’s father Larry to tears.
“Walking in there and seeing him huddled up in that corner and not being able to get him out and the look on his face and to hear that cry right there,” Larry said, “as a father, it’s hard to listen to.”
Colton was put in a straitjacket, and his family claims he suffered multiple physical and emotional injuries as a result.