A seven-year-old boy with ADHD was handcuffed for acting out in class last month.
His mother, Chrystal McCadden, was called to pick up her son Cameron from Brownell STEM Academy in Flint, Michigan and what she saw when she arrived was a mother’s nightmare.
Cameron was standing in the hallway alone with his hands cuffed behind his back.
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According to McCadden, her son was told to sit down and as he continued to disobey the campus officer threatened to handcuff him and then made good on his promise.
The police later claimed that they handcuffed Cameron for his own safety; however, they didn’t offer this excuse until after McCadden involved the media. Furthermore, that doesn’t explain while the child was left alone. If he was a danger to himself, he could have still caused bodily harm without using his hands so he should have been being watched, right?
To add insult to injury, McCadden said when she arrived at the campus the officer couldn’t even find the key to remove the cuffs!
Flint Police Chief, James Tolbert, reportedly told NBC, “I have apologized to the mother for this situation and assured her that we will protect the integrity of this investigation and will be transparent in our findings. It is our model to engage children in a positive light that will foster trust and respect, this incident does not reflect positively on that model.”
An apology, really? What is that going to do? You’ve already traumatized her son for life. What kind of “integrity” is there in criminalizing a 55-pound seven-year-old who is clinically diagnosed with ADHD. It’s not like the kid just has no home training, he has a disability.
It doesn’t make sense why teachers and administration need to rely on police to discipline elementary school students in the first place. This incident may allude to an even bigger problem that teachers are not effectively being trained in child development.
This is all around disgraceful and inexcusable. Treating a hyperactive child like a criminal is NEVER okay.
How many white parents with hyperactive or disobedient small children can say their kid has been handcuffed?
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