A California mom was outraged when police handcuffed her 8-year-old with disabilities after he strayed off campus.
KTRK reports, Meagan Ramey said:
“I don’t understand how a little boy can be in handcuffs.”
The mother explained that her son suffers from a mental disability. Apparently, on Thursday, he was detained by police “screaming, kicking, and crying” when he walked off the campus of Chapman Elementary School reports KRCR.
However, according to his mom, due to his anti-social disorder, the school has a special protocol to help him cope with social anxiety. Administrators are supposed to follow the boy when he wanders off.
Ramsey said she doesn’t blame the school but believes a Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy was too aggressive with her son. She said:
“Hands behind his back, his pants were past his bottom, shoes were thrown off.
He was screaming kicking and crying because he has asthma as well.”
“I was torn up. It broke my heart. I started crying, and I’m going to start crying again.
He’ll start walking off campus, the principal, we’ve talked about it several times.”
The incident was captured on video.
Watch the video that raised concerns below:
According to KPIX his mom plans to file a complaint, but the sheriff’s office said the deputy detained the 8-year-old because he was concerned for his safety.
The Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told KRCR:
“When they saw a young man dart across 20th street and when he got to the other side of the road, they noted that he appeared to be confused and anxious and that caused them concern.”
“As they were following him they became more concerned that he might dart into traffic.
So, at one point one of the deputies took him and restrained him and that ultimately resulted in him struggling and at one point even scratching the deputy.”
According to Honea:
“When you are restraining somebody, even when you are doing it so they don’t harm themselves and they are screaming and yelling you know the optics of that aren’t good, it doesn’t look good.”
Ramsey believes the handcuffs only made her son more distressed and agitated.
Honea said his “heart goes out to all of the people” concerned for the boy’s welfare, however, the officer never intended to harm the 8-year-old.