Police Handcuff 7-Year-Old in Elementary School & Mom Wants Answers (VIDEO)

7-year-old handcuffed in schoolChrystal McCadden is a Michigan mom still searching for answers after her 7-year-old son was handcuffed in his elementary school. Even though the officer who cuffed her son claims it was to prevent injury, Chrystal thinks it was an excessive choice -- and extremely careless, as there was no key readily available to free her child.


I don't know about you, but I'm finding it a little difficult to wrap my head around this one. We're talking about a 7-year-old here.

While there do not appear to be many details about what happened to lead up to the cuffs, Chrystal's little boy told his mom he didn't kick anyone (he did admit to kicking a cart) when she came to pick him up at Brownell Stem Academy in Flint, Michigan. Seeing as she wasn't notified about any incident, you can imagine how horrified Chrystal was to find her 7-year-old son wearing handcuffs -- and to find that the cop who put them on had no key to release her boy.

Since her video has gone public, there seems to be quite a bit of backtracking, as the Flint Police Department and the school didn't provide many answers at the time of the incident.

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Look, I don't know what happened, and I can only go off the information put in front of us. However, I must agree with the school superintendent: Putting a 7-year-old child in handcuffs is unacceptable.

Yes, children can and will get rowdy at times, but I would like to think there were other solutions instead of this. My father was a high school resource officer for many years, and only had to handcuff a few people whom he arrested. Now if he could "hold his own" when it came to dealing with teenagers -- some almost close to his size (my pops is a big dude) -- was this 7-year-old that threatening to the officer involved? From what we know, there were no weapons involved. We're just talking about a 7-year-old boy.

What's scary is that we're only a few months into the school year and have seen so many outrageous events popping up. Yes, kids do need to behave and follow direction, but my goodness, some of the things happening are too much.

Time to go back to the drawing board.



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