WHEN A KENTUCKY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY was caught on camera handcuffing an 8-year-old boy with disabilities, it made national headlines. But the problem runs deeper than one overzealous officer, say ACLU attorneys who sued the deputy and the Kenton County sheriff’s office in federal court under the Fourth and 14th Amendments and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Schools are not set up to work well with children with disabilities, ACLU disability counsel Susan Mizner says, especially hidden disabilities such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), so those kids are often targeted for increased discipline. African-American students with disabilities are twice as likely to be handcuffed or otherwise “mechanically” restrained as their peers, according to the Department of Education.

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About 19,000 law enforcement officers work in schools nationwide. Those “school resource officers” frequently lack the training or temperament to interact with children, especially those with disabilities, and often arrest kids for minor, noncriminal activity. “If you are used to working with a hammer, it’s hard not to view kids as nails,” Mizner says.

Such interactions with law enforcement make things worse for the children, the teachers, and the school. Aaron Kupchik, professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, has found that schoolchildren who receive heightened punishment are more likely to drop out, less likely to be employed, and are at greater risk for incarceration. So instead of making schools safer, officers exacerbate behavior problems and greatly increase the number of children in the school-to-prison pipeline.


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Well, the system needs the $$?


Schools don't do a good job at all with kids with disabilities, even when law enforcement isn't present. I had to pull both my kids (one autistic, one with ADHD) out of school to prevent their suicides. With law enforcement, the tendency to force conformity through fear is introduced. It's not conducive to a learning environment :(


Treating anyone like this is torturous. But to do THIS to a child is even greater a tortuous action as children won't able to deal with the stress.

Mary Jane Curry

I taught kids eigh learning disabilities in Birmingham, AL, ftom 1981-1985 and saw egregious treatment but as mdntal cruelty. I could not imagine a child bring handcuffed or otherwise physically restrained and I first hsd a white racist principal in a school of all Black kids. What has destroyed childrdn's human rights?


F#*k the Police and the whole damn American system. May the efforts of our enemy turn to ashes. I pray for the coons and racist White supremacy out of existance. Ase'!!!


go f yourself




The system is sick. The fact that we allow such people to wear the badge is appalling. Why is it so easy for the policy of the government to allow people like that man depicted in the video come to the responsibilities of that sort.

Joseph Campbell

For such children it is necessary to create special establishments, where all teachers and workers will know how to deal with such a child, and not to lock him/her in handcuffs at the first best opportunity. Children with disabilities are not criminals - they should not be handcuffed! Best, http://researchpaperwritings.net/ expert.

Holly Helmstetter

They are teaching little children to be arrested. Setting them up for future expectations that make them see themselves--black children--to be naturally and "rightfully" taken into custody by the police. What happened to the fact that children can be naughty? What happened to the fact that they are CHILDREN? The trauma of being arrested in handcuffs by a policeman with a gun, in front of their classmates, is going to come back and haunt this child's future. That one day's ill deeds almost certainly is going to be re-played, and it won't be just a naughty child, it will be a man, full of anger, bitterness, and unquenchable rage. This is what was done on this day.

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