Chicago: First Graders Placed in Handcuffs

According to the Chicago Tribune, several first-graders were placed in handcuffs and told “they were going to prison and would never see their parents again.”  School officials authorized disciplinary actions towards students that were disruptive in class.  LaShanda Smith filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education for $100,000 in damages.

Approximately 32% of Chicago’s population is Black.  However, Carver Primary School is about 88% Black.  Is handcuffing a first-grader for talking in class unconstitutional? Weigh in.


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