Going Too Far: Kids Handcuffed for Having Tantrums at School

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Incident at Fairmount Park Elementary School

After a 5-year-old girl was forcibly handcuffed by three police officers at her St. Petersburg, Florida, school in March 2005, her family threatened to sue the officers for not doing more to calm the child before restraining her. In a video that captured the incident, the little girl, who was not identified, can be seen ripping papers off a bulletin board, climbing on furniture and punching her assistant principal before she was handcuffed and held inside a police cruiser. 

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