Mom Is Horrified When She Finds Out What A School Resource Officer Did To Her 8-Year-Old Son With Special Needs
The mother of an 8-year-old boy with special needs is furious after her son was handcuffed at school. Keep reading for the full story!
The mother of an 8-year-old boy with special needs is absolutely furious after her son was handcuffed at school.
According to WTVD, the incident actually happened back in November at the William Warren Child Development School.
Authorities say the school resource officer who handcuffed the child has since left the school, as has the boy in question.
While speaking with WTVD, the boy’s mother asked the news station not to reveal her son’s identity.
According to the outraged mother, the deputy handcuffed her son, physically lifted him up, and brought him to another room to calm down.
When the mother met with the school principal, the deputy involved in the incident, and her son’s teacher, the mom says they all made it clear that they thought she was overreacting.
“The only thing he could say was he was a danger to himself and others," the mother said of the deputy’s reason for handcuffing her son. "When you are 8 at a special-needs school based on behavior, you should not be able to handcuff a child."
On Wednesday night, school superintendent Dr. Andy Bryan said in an emailed statement that they "care about all their children and do everything to help them learn."
He reportedly went on to say, "at times, SROs who are employed by our sheriff's office have to use different methods of intervention to keep students and staff safe."
Bryan also said he has "an open-door policy for any parent in our district who wants to discuss a concern about their child," and that he is open to having a conversation about what happened.
According to WTVD, the mother says her son is now in a different school, where he feels much happier.
WTVD shared this controversial story on their Facebook page, where people reportedly had very mixed reactions to the child being handcuffed.
“If a child has violent or aggressive behaviors an IEP addresses PROPER restraint methods. Teachers & aides *should* be trained in this. Sounds like no one knew what to do & a child suffered. Let everyone remember that as they shame an 8 year old boy. Special needs or not, he was handcuffed because adults did not know how to properly do their jobs. If he was your son, you'd be outraged too,” Candice Mosley Russell commented.
“The article says he was handcuffed and carried to another room to calm down. That sounds like he was freaking out and the handcuffs were for safety so that he did not hurt himself or others until he calmed down. That may not be the best method, but probably the only one they had,” Teresa Flynn wrote.
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