Police Apologize For Handcuffing 7-Year-Old Boy

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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On Oct. 12, police at Brownell STEM Academy's after-school program in Flint, Michigan, reportedly put 7-year-old Cameron McCadden in handcuffs. 

Cameron’s mother, Chrystal McCadden, says her son has ADHD but isn’t violent, according to WEYI.

"He don't deserve to be in no handcuffs, he ain't in here with no knife, he ain't in here with no gun," she told the news station.

Chrystal said she was called to the school after the incident, but when she requested that the handcuffs be removed from her son, an officer said he didn't have the key.

"An officer was dispatched to Brownell STEM Academy in response to an urgent call for immediate assistance with a child who appeared intent on injuring himself, as well as repeatedly assaulting others,” police said in a statement on Oct. 30.

Since then, police have apologized.

“It is our model to engage children in a positive light that will foster trust and respect, this incident does not reflect positively on that model,” Flint Police Chief James Tolbert  told NBC News.

Chrystal still isn’t sure why her son was handcuffed.

"He's hyper. I've gotten these calls about (him) being hyper before. But he is not a violent kid," she said. "I'm still trying to get answers.”

Flint Community Schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab said the Flint Police Department is reviewing the incident. 

Sources: WEYI, NBC News / Photo Credit: Screenshot via NBC News