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NYC Lawmakers Say No More Cuffs

Tweed building
Wally Gobetz, flickr

In the wake of a 7-year-old student being handcuffed at a public school in Queens, some lawmakers are demanding action.

New York City Councilman Charles Barron is urging the Department of Education to immediately ban the practice of handcuffing students who misbehave in schools.

Last week police cuffed a 7-year-old special education student at a Queens school after an emotional outburst.  Police said they were protecting the boy and others.  But, Councilman Barron said the DOE’s response to last week’s incident was unacceptable.  He said handcuffing a student is “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Barron and Assemblywoman Inez Barron are drafting legislation to ban the practice. Barron is planning a rally against the practice next week at the Tweed Building, the DOE headquarters.

The Department of Education has not yet responded to our request for comment.

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