A 10-year-old boy in Texas ended up with multiple bruises all over his body after being handcuffed by a school police officer.
According to his parents, Emily and Robert Brown, the boy (whose name hasn’t been released) is very bright but has some social issues, and so he doesn’t get along with some of the kids at his school, Lee Elementary in Denton, Texas. Because of this, he has a Behavior Intervention Plan in place with the school, which include techniques agreed upon by both the parents and the school to help calm him down when he acts up, like cool-down rooms or taking a walk.
However, on April 30th, an incident at his school resulted in a situation that his parents believe crossed a big line.
Brown was “agitated” all day, according to a member of the school staff. Unable to gain control of the situation, the elementary school called a police officer to help assist with the issue.
According to the Denton PD, when the officer arrived, Brown was allegedly pinching and poking other students. After the police officer carried Brown from the classroom, Brown kicked him, and the police officer handcuffed him and held him down so he wouldn’t continue to harm himself or others.
When Brown’s mother Emily arrived at the school, Brown was with a teacher, an administrator, and the officer who had restrained him. While Emily was not told about the restraints before she arrived, the officer did tell her when she got there that her son had already been handcuffed twice. He also told her that Brown had been smacking his head against the floor, and told her there may be possible bruising.
When they got home, however, Emily found bruises all over his body.
Restraining their child was not part of Brown’s behavioral plan, and not something his parents thought should have been done. The marks all over his body horrified them.
“We’re not talking about red knees or a carpet burn. We’re talking about multiple marks on his knees that bruised. Deep bruises and knots,” Emily says. “Something happened that was not told to me.”
Further questioning of the police for more details didn’t yield any results for the Browns. So they filed a report with CPS — and also filed a police report of their own.
The Browns already work with a firm called Advocacy Behavior Consulting to help handle their son’s behavioral issues, and their advocate, Mike Holum, stated his concern over police officers being used for discipline purposes in an elementary school — especially on a 10-year-old boy with special needs.
The Browns pulled their son from Lee Elementary after the incident, but hope the situation can be resolved and he can go back to public school as soon as possible.
“If I send my child to school that bruised and that beat up, somebody will call CPS on me,” Emily says. “I expect to get my child home as safe as I sent him to school.”
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