A 4-year-old preschool student was reportedly handcuffed and taken away in a squad car when the school’s principal couldn’t calm him down.
Back in October, the unnamed 4-year-old child reportedly threw a tantrum in his classroom at Nathanael Greene Primary School in Virginia and began being destructive. When the school’s principal couldn’t take control of the situation, a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school was called in and the 4-year-old boy was put in handcuffs.
“The boy was out of control, basically, throwing his arms around and kicking -- trying to kick the deputy, trying to run away, and the deputy felt that putting the handcuffs on him was for his safety as well as everybody else's,” County Sheriff Steven Smith said, according to WVTF.
Tracy Wood, the young boy’s mother, says the school called her to pick up her son, but when she got there, police had already taken him to the station.
“When you call a parent to get their child, when they get to the school, you expect the child to be there-- especially when you arrive in a timely manner,” Wood told WVTF.
“Once he got inside the office, since he tried to run and kick the deputies, they took the handcuffs off him and put the leg shackles on him," Smith stated to WVTF.
"My son is a very loving, caring, protective little boy," Wood said. "He deserves to go to school and feel safe and know that he'll come back home to his mommy. He won't be carted off like a criminal.”
John W. Whitehead, President of legal defense organization The Rutherford Institute, is now defending the young boy and sent a note to the school about the incident.
“A four year-old boy clearly poses no grave threat to a trained Sheriff’s deputy,” the letter reads. “The psychological ramifications of handcuffing and shacking a preschooler are far-reaching.”
Following the incident, the young boy has been suspended indefinitely, and his mother says he suffers nightmares at night as a result of the arrest.