Third Grader Handcuffed in School

ACLU

The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, were so small that the school resource officer, Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner in Covington, Kentucky, locked the handcuffs around the children's biceps and forced their hands behind their backs, the lawsuit charges. A disturbing video shows the boy, S.R., being shackled and crying out in pain. S.R. has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of trauma. 


The girl, L.G, was twice handcuffed behind her back by her biceps, also causing her pain. L.G. has ADHD and other special needs. Both children were being punished for behavior related to their disabilities. Neither was arrested nor charged with any criminal conduct. The lawsuit was filed on their behalf.


Nationally, students with disabilities make up 12percent of students in public schools, but are 75 percent of the students who are physically restrainedby adults in their schools, according to the U.S.Department of Education. These disciplinary practices also feed into the "school-to-prisonpipeline," where children are funneled out of publicschools and into the criminal justice system. Many ofthese children have disabilities, yet instead of receiving necessary educational and counseling services, they are often punished and pushed out.


Students of color and students with disabilities are especially vulnerable to push-out trends and the discriminatory application of discipline. One child in this case is Latino, and the other is African-American.


To read more click here: S.R. V. KENTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 


To watch the raw footage click here: ACLU Raw footage 


The Lexington Herald also covered this story: Lawsuit: Kenton County deputy sheriff shackled two elementary students who had disabilities