A six-year old boy was in handcuffs at a school.
That’s what happened to Lakaisha Reid’s 6-year-old son. Patrick is a special needs student at Pine Ridge Elementary in Stone Mountain, Georgia. On Friday morning, Reid got a call from the school asking her to pick up her son and bring him home early. “They said he wasn’t having a good day, My husband and I walked into the school and heard my son yelling and screaming.” The couple found him in a room, on his knees with his hands cuffed behind his back. The school resource officer was standing behind Patrick, holding him in place.
The first thing Reid said when she arrived was “take the handcuffs off her son.” Surprisingly, the school had an explanation on why he was handcuffed. The school stated that forcefully restraining students is a surprisingly common practice in schools around the country.
Reid says that her child will not return to the school until he is ready. The school meanwhile will retrain their staff so none of this will happen again.