Crying 8-year-old special needs boy handcuffed, arrested, and booked for felony battery.
August 11, 2020 at 8:34 PM - Views: 65 #346039N2DocParticipant
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A video of an eight-year-old boy arrested at Gerald Adams Elementary School in Key West, Florida, for allegedly punching a teacher in the chest has recently emerged. The child’s arrest occurred in 2018 but has just now become public.
Attorney Ben Crump posted the video on Twitter. He will be representing the family in a civil suit against the City of Key West school officials, Monroe County School District, and the arresting officers.
Timothy O’Hara writes in The Key West Citizen.
The video shows police officers Kenneth Waite and Carter Sims asking the boy to turn around and put his hands behind his back in an attempt to handcuff the child. Waite attempted to handcuff the boy, but the handcuffs did not fit on the child because he was so small. The officers walked the boy to an awaiting police cruiser.
The child was eventually arrested on a charge of felony battery, according to a Key West Police Department arrest report.
The boy’s mother said Monday her attorneys plan to file the lawsuit and hold a news conference virtually on Tuesday. She declined to comment about the incident on Monday.
August 11, 2020 at 8:49 PM #346044ThouArtThatParticipant
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Yep – indoctrination and intimidation training begins at birth in America. Those lessons are amplified directly, or through example, each and every day. More so in school designed to create servile drones for the corporate state. No rebellion can be tolerated, juvenile or otherwise, since the Trillionaires, Billionaires and Millionaires must be protected and coddled at every turn. Subjugation of all impulses otherwise must be eradicated or so we are told.
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August 11, 2020 at 8:53 PM #346046A Simple GameParticipant
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What has the world come to when you are surprised that two cops didn’t taser or shoot an eight year old boy.
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August 11, 2020 at 9:33 PM #346058NV WinoModerator
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it seems a substitute teacher is the one who escalated the situation. Handcuffing and booking the child was wrong, but the officer’s treatment of the boy, in the video at least, was pretty gentle. However wrong we deem the handcuffing and booking, I suspect the officers were bound by protocol. The real fault lay with whoever called the police in the first place.
August 11, 2020 at 10:39 PM #346073PunxsutawneyModerator
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Ran a school for special needs children, specifically mental health issues. The grade schoolers were actually more difficult to work with than the high schoolers and if a clinician being punched or kicked, or other, was reason for calling the police, then you might as well have had a officer on duty at all times.
I’m sure he difference here between us and the Florida school was that the clinicians were well trained in how to handle these incidents and not escalate and how to use reasonable restraint when necessary. I once walked in for a meeting and off to the side in a play room a young boy was just wailing on a clinician who was just patiently standing there while he kicked her repeatedly. Even being a kid, that had to hurt.
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August 11, 2020 at 11:04 PM #346084GZeusHParticipant
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I expect Mr. Crump will have an easy day, shaking down the school district for money. They’re all zero tolerance when it comes to intimidating small children, and zero balls when it comes to explaining their own behavior.
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August 11, 2020 at 11:30 PM #346091jwirrParticipant
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I worked as an advocate for special ed clients and when we tried to deal with Florida we found out one big piece of evidence. If you want to talk about the elderly visitors to Florida and their needs you have no problems BUT if you are dealing with special ed clients then you have trouble even being heard. I was not there for this young boy but I would guess that most of the workers dealing with him including the police were not well trained to deal with the situation.
August 12, 2020 at 12:12 AM #346115ElfinWildeParticipant
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those who understand the law and knowingly break it.
A substitute teacher should know better than to ever touch a child in any way. However, subs are thrown in with next to no training (I got none, but these days they get one day of shadowing an experienced sub), are given very little information on the students, and sometimes, no lesson plans or very sketchy plans, quite often with little support from Administration and the Deans…
Subs are the sacrificial Christians thrown against the hungry lions in Roman games… And that is very bad for both the subs and the special needs children. If something goes wrong, no matter what the cause, or if the student makes up some wild tale, the sub is blamed and takes the fall. In this case, there should have been other adults in the cafeteria who should have intervened — calling the cops was way beyond over the top.
After nearly 19 years in the game, I’m experienced enough to handle almost any situation and know when to call the Dean for help. But I never willingly call the school resource officer. And in my experience, the school resource officer takes his/her attitude toward the students from the principal. A hard nosed principal and the resource officer cuffs the kid and takes him/her to the jail for processing. A more reasonable principal results in he/she, the Deans, and the resource officer working to find a solution.
And it used to be in Florida, no one under the age of 11 was charged with felonies…
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