How awful! A cell phone video has been released showing a school resource officer handcuffing a young boy behind his back for misbehaving. The 8-year-old boy suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Click to watch the shocking video!
Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer at Latonia Elementary School in Covington, Kentucky, is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union. He is being accused of excessive force after an incident in 2014 when he handcuffed an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl behind their backs and tightly placed the restraints on their biceps.
A video showing Kentucky school resource officer Kevin Sumner handcuffing an 8-year-old boy was released on Aug. 3 and has created a media frenzy. The video shows the officer excessively disciplining a young student who suffers from ADHD.
In the heartbreaking video, you hear Kevin tell the child, “You don’t get to swing at me like that,” while the boy cries. “You can do what we’ve asked you to, or you can suffer the consequences.” The third-grader cries out, “Ow. That hurts,” but the officer seems unfazed.
He tells the boy, “If you want the handcuffs off, you’re going to have to behave and ask me nicely. And if you’re behaving, I’ll take them off, but as long as you’re acting up, you’re not going to get them off.” The young boy wound up sitting in the cuffs for another 15 minutes, according to the documents released by the ACLU.
“Shackling children is not OK. It is traumatizing, and in this case it is also illegal,” said Susan Mizner, disability counsel for the ACLU. “Using law enforcement to discipline students with disabilities only serves to traumatize children. It makes behavioral issues worse and interferes with the school’s role in developing appropriate educational and behavioral plans for them.”
“It is heartbreaking to watch my little boy suffer because of this experience,” the boy’s mother told the ACLU. “It’s hard for him to sleep. He has anxiety, and he is scared of seeing the officer in the school. School should be a safe place for children. It should be a place they look forward to going to. Instead, this has turned into a continuing nightmare for my son.”
The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and the Children’s Law Center. A spokesperson for the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office, told the Huffington Post that their office is waiting for attorneys to review the lawsuit before commenting.
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