In January, I blogged about a middle school boy who was handcuffed at Montera Middle School. I thought that was pretty young.
How about 5 years old?
A mom recently called to report that a security officer cuffed her son to a chair at an elementary school in North Oakland. (She’s not sure for how long.)
The mother told me that the officer said he had been unable to control her son, who had been screaming and throwing a tantrum, and that he later apologized to her for what happened. “My goal is to not allow any other child to be handcuffed,” she said.
I haven’t yet talked to anyone at the school, so I’ve admittedly heard just one side of the story. (Troy Flint, the district spokesman, hadn’t heard about it as of this evening.)
The details of this case aside, what measures do school staff typically use to calm or control a child of that age? Should security officers at elementary schools carry handcuffs?
image from ggmossgirl’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons