July 8th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

Louisiana schools sued for handcuffing 6-year-old boy

Rights advocates filed a class-action lawsuit against Louisiana school officials for repeatedly handcuffing and shackling a 6-year-old boy, attorneys for the advocates said Thursday.

A legal team representing the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the child's parents filed the civil-action complaint Thursday at a federal court in Louisiana. It was filed on behalf of children in the Louisiana  Recovery School District, including the child, now 7 years old, who they say was handcuffed and shackled  for "minor offenses."

The school district is a statewide entity administered by the Louisiana Department of Education to manage underperforming schools. Named in the lawsuit are the superintendent of the school district, Paul Vallas, along with school officials and security officers of Sarah T. Reed Elementary School.

Ken Jones, director of communications for the school district, declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said in an e-mail to CNN, "The Louisiana Recovery School District investigated the allegations involving a student at Sarah T. Reed Elementary school last semester. The RSD concluded that this was an isolated incident, the student was not arrested and the employee involved was terminated."


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  1. Bubbles

    And I thought only Michael Jackson handcuffed 6 year old boys.

    July 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • notfunny

      not funny.

      July 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • notfunny

      actually – its very funny
      I think I just peed myself from laughing

      July 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |