First graders handcuffed and verbally abused for hours for speaking in class
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog
A group of first graders age 6-7 were taught an early lesson in how to behave in the world of so called civilized life when a security guard for a public elementary school whipped them into conformity for making sound when they were supposed to be memorizing the numbers and letters the state needs them to learn from an underpaid and under appreciated teacher.
A report on Russia Today tells how LaShanda Smith, one of the student’s mothers, is seeking $100,000 from the city for damages both “permanent” and “personal” that she says her son suffered as a result of the incident, which allegedly occurred in 2010 at a school in the south side of Chicago.
Smith’s attorney Michael Carin tells the Chicago Tribune that he has attempted to resolve the issue without bringing the battle into the courtroom, but the school Board officials have ignored his attempts at reaching a settlement.
“Unfortunately, we had to file a lawsuit because the Chicago Board of Education ignored my client on the day of the imprisonment and every day thereafter,” Carin writes in an email to the Tribune. “We hope the Chicago Board of Education acknowledges its responsibility and resolves the matter quickly.”
Carin says that the school’s security guard removed a group of students from class for being disruptive then held them in an isolated room with out any other adults being present. While in the room with the man alone, the children were handcuffed for hours, the attorney claims.
During the kid’s terrifying imprisonment, Carin claims that the man also aggressively yelled threats at the children including telling the children that they would never see their families again.
“There appears to be no reason for an officer to isolate 6- and 7-year-old children, place them in handcuffs and threaten them for hours during a school day, or any other day,” Carin tells the Tribune.
The suit filed this week, says that the security guard was acting “in conscious disregard” of Ms Smith’s safety, and acted “reckless” with the youths.
The defendants in the case are CPS and the Board of Education. The security guard himself apparently isn’t worth suing…