ACLU is suing Kansas City Public Schools after elementary student was handcuffed for crying

Sep 9, 2016 by

Image result for aclu logoThe American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a Kansas City elementary student it says was handcuffed for crying and screaming in class in April 2014.

Kalyb Primm Wiley was 7 years old, 50 pounds and not yet 4 feet tall when he was handcuffed by a school resource officer after he cried — his yells disrupting his George Melcher Elementary School classroom — and did not comply with the teacher or officer’s commands to stop making noise, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, alleges that Kalyb was teased frequently for a hearing impediment and had been reacting to a bullying incident in the classroom. When Officer Brandon Craddock heard his cries from the hallway, he decided to take Kalyb to Principal Anne Wallace, though the lawsuit suggests that the boy stopped making noise after Craddock entered the room and twice asked Kalyb to come with him.

It states that the boy was “frightened” by the time he finally joined Craddock in the hallway, began crying again and tried to walk away.

Source: ACLU is suing Kansas City Public Schools after elementary student was handcuffed for crying and screaming in class at George Melcher Elementary in April 2014 | The Kansas City Star

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