FRANKFORT, Ky. – Two mothers say in a federal lawsuit that a school resource officer placed their disabled children in handcuffs because they were acting out, causing physical and emotional pain.
The 8-year-old boy and the 9-year-old girl and their mothers are identified only by their initials. The lawsuit says both children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and school officials are aware of their disabilities.
In a video released by the American Civil Liberties Union, the boy struggles and cries out as he sits in a chair, handcuffs around his biceps and his arms locked behind him. A sheriff's report stated that the girl was put in handcuffs after she acted out and tried to leave an isolation room where she'd been sent.
The lawsuit asks for a judge to ban the school from doing this again and for money to compensate for trauma and for attorneys' fees.
A spokesman said the Kenton County Sheriff hadn't been notified of the lawsuit and declined to comment. An attorney for Sumner said he acted appropriately.