4-year-old handcuffed, shackled, hauled off to sheriff’s office
Officials at a Virginia school turned an allegedly misbehaving 4-year-old preschooler over to law enforcement, where he was put in handcuffs and shackles and ordered to talk to jail inmates, according to a legal group intervening in the case.
The unnamed student, who was enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program at Nathanael Greene Primary School, in Stanardsville, Virginia, was removed from the classroom Oct. 16 after allegedly “becoming agitated and throwing several items onto the floor.”
“That such extreme restraints would even be contemplated in a case such as this points to a failure by those in leadership to provide the proper guidance to school personnel in what forms of restraint and force are appropriate when dealing with students, especially the youngest and most vulnerable,” said a letter sent this week to school district officials by John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, which was asked by the mother to intervene.
“It is imperative that Green County Public Schools take steps to assure [the student’s mother] and the rest of the community of parents and concerned citizens that what happened to [the student] will not happen again to him or other students of similar age,” Whitehead said.
The letter said policies should make it clear that handcuffing, shackling and other “excessive restraint techniques are never appropriate when dealing with children of tender years.”
“Under the circumstances, Green County Public Schools should also rescind the suspension imposed upon [the student] and remove any indication of the incident from [the student’s] records. The trauma [the student] has endured, which continues to cause him nightmares and may forever taint his experience and thoughts about school, should not be compounded by a blemish on his record.”
Whitehead asked for a response to the letter by Dec. 30.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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