Yesterday an 8-year-old Alton, Illinois special needs student was handcuffed by the police after throwing a tantrum while at school. The child ended up being placed into custody and was picked up from the police station by her uncle who is also her guardian. As reported by Kmov.com the child has a history of anxiety, and separation problems. According to her uncle, while she has been restrained by teachers in the past, this was the first time the police were involved. As for the school and law enforcement, they are standing behind their decision to handcuff the child.
“As a last resort we sometime have to involve law enforcement,” said Alton Schools Assistant Superintendent Kristi Baumgartner, “They take the student into protective custody when the parent refuses to pick up the child.”
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BMWK — Do you think it was wrong for law enforcement to be called? Should an 8-year-old ever be handcuffed?
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