Cases Raise Issue of Handcuffing Young Kids

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An 8-year-old Oregon boy who was arrested for bringing a hunting knife to an elementary school was placed in handcuffs at the request of his parents, reports the Associated Press. The second-grader displayed the knife, in the bathroom, said the the Lane County sheriff’s office. The boy was charged with “menacing” because he made a threatening statement to a student who said he was going to tell an adult.

A spokesman said it was sheriff’s office policy to handcuff anyone being transported in the back of a patrol car. The policy was designed to protect officers. The AP reported on two cases of handcuffing five-year olds: Earlier this week, two Cincinnati police officers were suspended while the city investigates allegations that they handcuffed a 5-year-old boy after a fight on a school bus. Police in St. Petersburg, Fl., handcuffed a 5-year-old girl in March after she tore papers off a bulletin board and allegedly punched an assistant principal in kindergarten class. Three officers pinned her arms behind her back and put on handcuffs as she screamed, “No!”

Link: http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-10/1115366243241000.xml&storyl

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