A Kentucky sheriff’s deputy put handcuffs on two children with disabilities as punishment for their misbehavior at school, an allegedly illegal use of force that traumatized the children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The disturbing video shows a boy with handcuffs around his biceps. “Ow, that hurts,” says the boy, a third-grader.
“You can do what we ask you to or you can suffer the consequences,” the officer says on camera.
“Shackling children is not okay,” Susan Mizner, disability counsel for the ACLU, said in a statement. “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.”
A boy is seen restrained with handcuffs by a sheriff’s deputy in a video released by the ACLU. (Photo: YouTube/ACLU)