Boy free to return to school after being forcibly removed

10-year old filmed being hauled out of class back with mother

Boy free to return to school after being forcibly removed

Padua, March 21 - A 10-year-old boy that made national news in October when police forcibly hauled him out of school due to a parental custody battle was told he could return to his class on Thursday following an appeals court ruling returning to him to his mother. Uproar broke out throughout Italy when Leonardo, who turns 11 in April, was filmed while police carried him out of his school in the city of Cittadella near Padua by his shoulders and ankles as he struggled and screamed for his aunt who was filming. A court in Venice had ordered that the boy be turned over to the custody of his father. Leonardo returned to his mother on Wednesday evening after the woman went with the court order in hand to retrieve him from his father, who had taken him from the group home where he was staying. "He can return to his class when he likes," his mother said. "Despite all of the commotion, Leonardo made 9s and 10s (top marks) until now (at the interim school he was placed in)," she said.

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