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Video: officers trying to handcuff 8-year-old boy at Florida school in 2018

Video: officers trying to handcuff 8-year-old boy at Florida school in 2018

A civil rights lawyer plans to sue the police and school district in Key West after a video surfaced of a 2018 incident where officers are seen attempting to handcuff an 8-year-old, telling him he’s going to jail. Eventually, he is not handcuffed as the officer finds his hands too small for that. The boy, who has special needs, had punched a teacher and was arrested on a felony battery charge.

Chris
Chris
Seekster
Seekster 1 months

Speaking as a teacher this is a tricky situation. On the one hand the student absolutely can and should be restrained by an adult in order to prevent them from causing harm to themselves or others (punching a teacher qualifies). I disagree with the decision to call the police on this child though. There is something to be said for scaring a child straight but with a special needs kid (especially one that young) I don't think this was the way to do it. Really I put the blame on whoever called the police on an 8 year old and on the cop who told him that he was going to jail. When you make it easy for scummy lawyers they are going to take advantage of the situation.

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