“If you misbehave at school, the police will come and arrest you”. This time, it has been just a way to scare and calm a child who was too lively. It has really happened. In Kentucky (USA), an 8-years old disabled student has been handcuffed in the classroom by the police called by the teacher.
The Acly, an American association for the protection of individual rights, has strongly condemned the episode. “Handuffing children is not alright, especially if they have disabilities – have explained the manager – the only effect is that you traumatize them”. The student involved suffered of ADHD, a hyperactivity disorder.
The same treatment, at the hand of the vice sheriff, has been received also by another disabled girl. The man has been denounced by the mothers of both students, as well as by Aclu. The little girl, punished for having bothered the class, after this episode of violence, has been struck by a crisis and urgently transferred to the hospital. “He intervened upon the school’s request and has immobilized the children because they could have hurt themselves or the others”, affirmed the police officer’s defender. At any rate, photographs speak very clearly.
Translated by Ecaterina Severin