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Friday, September 09, 2016

ACLU suing Kansas City Public Schools for handcuffing boy

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.



Anonymous said...

I would certainly hope the brat was "less than 4 feet tall" and under 50 pounds, as 7 years old.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm God Bless the teachers and police that work in the public schools. You could not pay me enough.

lmclain said...

The kid was being picked on and was so terrified he would rather cry in front of his friends than sit next to the kid who was bullying him.
BUT, in a "I'm the AUTHORITY!" moment, the teacher decided in a contest between his safety and her authority, she would have to show the kids who's boss.
And did the police show up and scream "We are the POLICE!!" as they handcuffed a seven year old boy?
Maybe he wasn't a "brat", but a terrified 7 year old kid.
And it doesn't look like it's getting any better for him.

Anonymous said...

when I went to school in Mardela, a lot of the teachers deserved to be put in handcuffs, including the principal.