Washington – A school resource officer in an attempt to discipline the child handcuffed him by his elbows. The third-grader with disabilities cried the entire time, according to a video released online by the American Civil Liberties union.
The denigratory action was taken by the resource officer against an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl to serve as a presage. A lawsuit was filed by ACLU (Americal Civil Liberties Union) against the Kenton County Sheriff’s who unlawfully handcuffed the two minors. According to the lawsuit, the officer violated both the US constitution and the Disabilities Act.
As a result of being subjected to unnecessary and excessive handcuffing, Plaintiffs experienced pain, fear, and emotional trauma, and an exacerbation of their disabilities – reads the lawsuit
In the video, an 8-year-old boy with ADHD symptoms can be seen handcuffed by his biceps & crying loudly to condemn the bleak act. The hanfcuff was placed for 15 minutes because of the behaviour related to the disability.
Colonel Pat Morgan, a spokesman for Kenton Country Sherrif’s office told Huffington Post that he wouldn’t give any comment on the case unless his attorney reviewed the lawsuit.
At least 100,000 children are shackled in U.S. every year. The case of a 7-year-old girl who died after restrained face-down on the floor with shackles caused a lot of stir in the media. The staff was unaware of the death of the little girl. She had already stopped breathing and then after some time they rolled her over only to watch her blue and pale dead face in return.
Definitely, the kid experienced a trauma as he said in the video, “Oh, that hurts.” Not a good thing for kids having a disability. The law enforcement should be trained to help them handle the kids with disabilities in a better and positive way. Do watch the video below: