Chrystal McCadden is outraged after she said she was called to Brownell STEM Academy in Flint, Michigan on Otc. 12 to find her 7-year-old son handcuffed by an officer.
According to Flint police, the cop responded to a call for assistance with “a child who appeared intent on injuring himself or others [and] used handcuffs to restrain [him].”
Details about how the boy, named Cameron, was allegedly trying to harm himself and those around him have not been made clear but McCadden says her son has ADHD – a condition that includes symptoms such as impulsivity and hyperactivity – and that he admitted to kicking a cart.
“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.”
When McCadden says she asked the officer to remove the handcuffs from her son, he told her he didn’t have a key.
“You put my son if handcuffs and you didn’t have the key. He wasn’t in here with a gun or knife,” she said. “There was no other action you could do?”
Flint Police Chief James Tolbert said he apologized to the woman for the officers behavior on Friday, and asserted that an investigation into the matter has been launched.
“I have apologized to the mother for this situation and assured her that we will protect the integrity of this investigation and will be transparent in our findings.” Tolbert said. “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.”
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