“You can do what we have asked you to do, or you can suffer the consequences.” The threat is issued by a police officer in Covington, Kentucky, who’s caught on video as he handcuffs an eight-year-old boy, weighing 52lb and standing 3½ft tall. The child suffers from ADHD and post-traumatic stress disorder. When the police officer stands back, it becomes clear in the video that the boy has been handcuffed above the elbow – his wrists are so tiny that the police officer has placed the boy’s arms behind his back and locked the handcuffs around his biceps.
“My arm! Oh God. Ow, that hurts,” the boy can be heard, crying out in pain. The boy has been diagnosed with ADHD and PTSD.
In a statement, SR’s mother said: “It is heartbreaking to watch my little boy suffer because of this experience. School should be a safe place for children. It should be a place they look forward to going to. Instead, this has turned into a continuing nightmare for my son.” He was kept in handcuffs for about 15 minutes, school records suggest.