KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A second-grader who refused a teacher’s request to move to a different chair suffered emotional and physical pain when a school resource officer placed the 7-year-old in handcuffs, a lawsuit filed Thursday against Kansas City Public Schools alleges.
The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, names the school district, school resource officer Brandon Craddock and George Melcher Elementary School principal Anne Wallace. It seeks damages and attorney fees and requests that the district provide better training for its resource officers on schoolchildren’s constitutional rights.
District spokeswoman Natalie Allen said it does not comment on pending litigation, adding that officials hadn’t seen the lawsuit.
According to the suit, the boy, who was less than 4 feet tall and weighed less than 50 pounds, was told on April 30, 2014, to change seats and sit near another student who had bullied him in the past. The boy remained at his desk and started “crying and hollering,” even after Craddock came into the room and asked the boy to come with him.