Sunday, April 24, 2005
MSNBC reports: "A 10-year-old girl was placed in handcuffs and taken to a police station because she took a pair of scissors to her elementary school. School district officials said the fourth-grade student did not threaten anyone with the 8-inch shears, but violated a rule that considers scissors to be potential weapons.
Administrators said they were following state law when they called police Thursday, and police said they were following department rules when they handcuffed Porsche Brown and took her away in a patrol wagon. Police officers decided the girl hadn’t committed a crime and let her go. However, school officials suspended her for five days." More . . . I wonder what the Atwater Court would say about this one? [Mark Godsey]
UPDATE: From MSNBC.com: "A 5-year-old girl was handcuffed by police (in Florida) after she tore papers off a bulletin board and punched an assistant principal in kindergarten class, according to a video released by a lawyer for the child’s mother." Here's a videoclip of the child being handcuffed. The video shows that the child had calmed down considerably before the police slapped the handcuffs on her. [Mark Godsey]
UPDATE: CNN reports that St. Louis police handcuffed a 5 year old, at the direction of the principal of a charter school who formerly worked for the Department of Corrections. "The boy's mother, Aroni Rucker, said Wednesday her son had trouble adjusting to his first year of school and may have been disruptive, but he did nothing to warrant such treatment. 'They put handcuffs on my baby,' Rucker said. 'That's for adults who murder and kill. He's 5. He's in kindergarten.' . . . St. Louis police spokesman Richard Wilkes said the department was looking into the incident. 'Handcuffing 5-year-olds is not a practice of the department,' he said." The principal has been suspended. [Jack Chin]