Going Too Far: Kids Handcuffed for Having Tantrums at School
After Ja'Briel Weston talked back to his teacher in May 2010, the 6-year-old was handcuffed to a chair by an armed security officer at his New Orleans school. Two days later, after a lunchroom fight with another student, Ja'Briel was dragged down a hallway and shackled for a second time to a chair. The incident pushed the Southern Poverty Law Center to sue the school district for its disciplinary policies. In the settlement, the district agreed to stop using fixed restraints, limit the use of handcuffs in disciplinary matters and provide more training for security officers.