6-Year-Old Special Needs Student Handcuffed At School

Are there no alternative, better ways to restrain a 6-year-old? Of course there are.

Disregarding all the sane approaches in the world to handle a kindergartner throwing tantrums during class, an elementary school in Stone Mountain, Georgia, went for metal handcuffs instead.

Pine Ridge Elementary has come under fire after a mother accused school administrators of using handcuffs on her 6-year-old son, a special needs student at the school.

“We go into the school, a gentleman takes us back, I hear my son yelling. He’s screaming,” Lakaisha Reid told a local news channel in a television interview.

After Reid and her husband found their kid Patrick restrained in a room, they were shocked to see that he had bruises as a result of the metal handcuffs that had been placed on his wrists.

“He just ran away from school. It does not require handcuffs for this. He’s a special needs kid,” she said.

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After much outrage and criticism, a school resource officer issued a statement, explaining the boy’s bad behavior and attempt to run away from school caused the authorities to take the measure.

The cuffs, apparently, were meant for the boy’s own protection as well as to keep him from hurting others.

“For approximately one hour, the student was scratching, kicking and hitting school personnel and continued to exhibit violent behavior, running into walls, banging his head on tables and placing his health at risk. At this point, the SRO (School Resource Officer) placed handcuffs on the student to protect him from harming himself. When the parents arrived, they were told the student was handcuffed for his personal safety,” the statement read.

However, Reid disagreed with their decision, asking the school to reconsider their policies for such situations.

“They need to have police officers that are trained for special needs kids or for any kids that are that age. That’s pretty young for handcuffs. Anything can happen with those handcuffs on him,” she said.

When asked if there was any situation where using handcuffs could be appropriate, Reid replied, “Yeah, if he was robbing a bank.”