EDUCATION

Mothers: School officer illegally restrained children with handcuffs around their arms

  • In this image made from video taken in August 2014, and provided by the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, an 8-year-old boy struggles and cries out as he sits in a chair with handcuffs around his biceps and his arms locked behind him while a school resource officer stands nearby, at an elementary school in Covington, Ky. The boy’s mother, along with the mother of a 9-year-old girl who was also handcuffed at the school, have filed a federal lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit says both children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and school officials are aware of their disabilities. (American Civil Liberties Union via AP)

    In this image made from video taken in August 2014, and provided by the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, an 8-year-old boy struggles and cries out as he sits in a chair with handcuffs around his biceps and his arms locked behind him while a school resource officer stands nearby, at an elementary school in Covington, Ky. The boy’s mother, along with the mother of a 9-year-old girl who was also handcuffed at the school, have filed a federal lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit says both children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and school officials are aware of their disabilities. (American Civil Liberties Union via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image made from video taken in August 2014, and provided by the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, an 8-year-old boy struggles and cries out as he sits in a chair with handcuffs around his biceps and his arms locked behind him while a school resource officer stands nearby, at an elementary school in Covington, Ky. The boy’s mother, along with the mother of a 9-year-old girl who was also handcuffed at the school, have filed a federal lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit says both children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and school officials are aware of their disabilities. (American Civil Liberties Union via AP)

    In this image made from video taken in August 2014, and provided by the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, an 8-year-old boy struggles and cries out as he sits in a chair with handcuffs around his biceps and his arms locked behind him while a school resource officer stands nearby, at an elementary school in Covington, Ky. The boy’s mother, along with the mother of a 9-year-old girl who was also handcuffed at the school, have filed a federal lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit says both children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and school officials are aware of their disabilities. (American Civil Liberties Union via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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.