A school security officer and a county sheriff’s office have been sued for putting two Kentucky elementary school children in handcuffs.
A eight year old boy and nine year old girl, who both have been diagnosed with ADHD had the handcuffs put around their biceps, with their arms locked behind them. Distressing footage shows the young boy crying while struggling in his restraints.
The federal lawsuit claims the boy who is 3ft 6ins tall and weighs 52lbs was removed from class because he was not following the teacher’s directions. In the video, school resource officer Kevin Sumner tells the boy:”You don’t get to swing at me like that. You can do what we’ve asked you to, or you can suffer the consequences.” The girl, who weighed 56lbs, was sent to an isolation room at her school last August for being disruptive.
Kentucky state regulations ban schools from physically restraining students. Robert Sanders, a lawyer for Mr Sumner, said he put the children in handcuffs because “they were placing themselves and other people in danger of harm and that’s what the book says to do”