"My son suffers from mental health issues," he said. "He's considered a disabled student."
Eight-year-old Bradley was diagnosed with anxiety disorder, ADHD, and depression since he was six.
"He sees a therapist twice a month and a psychiatrist once a month at UAMS," Butler said. "He went through an intensive review at their psychiatric unit when he first started developing issues."
Butler said one of the biggest challenges in dealing with his son's disorders, though, came at Russellville's Sequoyah Elementary School.
"They were made aware of Bradley's triggers. They were made aware of all of his conditions," Butler said.
Last April, Bradley wasn't given his prescribed medication as scheduled, and he became irritated. That prompted the aide to try and restrain him.
"He put his hands on Bradley, which anyone who knows a child has sensory issues knows not to do, so Bradley had a breakdown," Butler said. "The aide's idea of restraining him was to grab him, push him down on his back on the concrete and lift his feet straight up in the air. Bradley only sees things in black and white, once he was being held down like that -- he thought he was going to die."
Butler said the struggle, which lasted roughly 10 minutes according to witnesses, resulted in scratches, cuts and bruises all over Bradley's body. Butler documented them in pictures, but when he spoke with the school principal, he said he hit a wall.
"I wanted to know if she planned on reporting this to the Child Abuse Hotline as required because she's a mandated reporter," Butler said. "She advised me she was not going to report it and did not feel it was child abuse. It was a slap in the face to just be dismissed by administrators."
Butler filed a police report, and officers contacted the Department of Human Services. An investigation was conducted, and after four months the case worker found the claims to be unsubstantiated.
"I don't believe it was investigated properly," Butler said. "The investigator told me herself that they were understaffed, she was working on this by herself, and that she was already backlogged. An investigation that they are required to complete in 30 days took her 4 months to finish."
The Russellville School District declined to comment to KARK about the incident.
Superintendent Randall Williams, however, issued a written statement that reads, " The incident in question was reported in April of 2012. It was fully investigated by the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the claims made by the parent were found to be not supported by the evidence and thus ruled unsubstantiated by DHS. This finding was consistent with the district's own investigation."
Butler has since filed a complaint with the Department of Education, requesting an investigation be conducted into whether the principal and superintendent failed to follow the law on reporting the incident as mandated reporters.
The Department of Education would neither confirm or deny that an investigation was ongoing, but Butler said he has been notified that as of Wednesday an investigation is getting underway.
"I want this to never happen to any other child again," Butler said.
Butler said his actions aren't about rehashing the past, but turning the page for the future.
"I want them [the Russellville School District] to start treating children that have mental disorders as children with mental disorders or problem children," he said. "They don't see this as a disability. They see it as a behavior issue that needs to be fixed. That is simply unfair to every child that suffers from mental illness."