6-Year-Old Kids Handcuffed for Talking in School, Threatened with Jail

| by Michael Allen

According to a lawsuit filed by attorney Michael Carin, Carver Primary School security officer David Allen allegedly handcuffed a group of first-grade children for hours, told them they would go to jail for talking in class and would “never see their parents again.”

In an email to the Chicago Tribune, Carin said Carver Primary School officials authorized the on-campus security guard to discipline the first-graders who were being disruptive in March of 2010.

Carin said the security guard took the students from class and held them in another office on campus. In the lawsuit, school officials are accused of providing “untrained and unqualified persons for the tasks of disciplining, restraining, controlling and ensuring the safety of students.”

“Unfortunately, we had to file a lawsuit because the Chicago Board of Education ignored my client on the day of the imprisonment and every day thereafter,” Carin told the Chicago Tribune. “We hope the Chicago Board of Education acknowledges its responsibility and resolves the matter quickly.”

In the lawsuit filed on Monday in Cook Country Circuit Court, mother LaShanda Smith accuses the security guard of acting "in conscious disregard" of her son's safety. She is seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

Carver Primary School spokeswoman Becky Carroll said yesterday that school officials have not yet seen the lawsuit and need to review it before commenting.