2nd-grader handcuffed at Tacoma-area elementary school


A second grade student was placed into handcuffs Monday afternoon at Brookdale Elementary in the Tacoma-area.

The Franklin-Pierce District spokesman told KIRO 7 News that the boy was “assaultive” and school employees tried to deescalate the situation.

School employees used some physical techniques – mostly trying to hold him and prevent him from harming himself.

When they could not control him, they called a school resource officer from Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. That officer handcuffed the boy.

KIRO 7 News reached out to mother Amanda Bullinger. She says her son has a sensory processing disorder and has been bullied for months.

Bullinger says that between seven minutes getting a call from the school and then making it to campus, her son was in handcuffs.  

According to the district, restraints can only be used when there is imminent bodily harm to themselves or to others. The district is reviewing the incident.


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