While most schools consider detentions and extra assignments an adequate way to discipline their misbehaving students, the authorities at Fernwood Elementary in Chicago apparently think humiliating and scaring the students is the right way to go.
Marlena Wordlaw is reportedly planning to sue the elementary school for putting her 6-year-old daughter Madisyn Moore into handcuffs. The security guard pulled the student out of class before putting her in restraints under the stairs for allegedly stealing candy from a teacher’s desk.
“They hurted,” Moore told NBC Chicago. “He snatched me out of my class. He made me get out in my handcuffs.”
The school officials called in Wordlaw about the incident. However, it was nearly an hour before she was able to rescue her sobbing daughter.
“I said, ‘Why you have my baby in cuffs?’” she recalled. “He said, ‘Because I’m trying to teach them to stop taking stuff that don’t belong to them.’”
When the mother confronted the security guard, he told her he was just doing his job.
“When he pulled her from under stairs she was crying,” Wordlaw recalled. “He told me ‘I ‘m doing my job, I’m trying to teach her a lesson.’ I understand these teenage boys and whatever the case may be, yeah you can try to teach them a lesson but this is a little girl.”
Although the school principal attempted to apologize to Wordlaw, she refused to accept sorry for an answer.
“I don’t accept your apology ever,” Wordlaw added. “I’m more angry than anything, because it’s my only daughter. I feel like anything could have happened to her. Somebody could have touched her. She’s in the dark under the stairs.”
Taking candy off a teacher’s desk without permission is indeed something to be disciplined over, but traumatizing a young impressionable kid and endangering their safety is definitely not the way to go about it.