The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Kansas City Public Schools over an incident involving an elementary school boy who was handcuffed by a resource officer.
According, to a local CBS-affiliate KCTV 5, Kaleb Wiley Primm (pictured) was forcefully grabbed and handcuffed by the officer after he allegedly refused to obey a command. Primm was a 7-year-old second grader at the time of this April 30, 2014 incident. He was only four feet tall and weighed 50 pounds.
“Just grabbed my hands and twisted like this and put the handcuffs on like that,” Primm told KCTV 5. “My hands were tied behind my back. It hurt,” he continued.
On Thursday (September 8th), the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against Kansas City Public Schools over the handcuffing incident, which an ACLU attorney called “unconstitutional.” Gillian Wilcox is the ACLU staff attorney handling the case at this time.
The lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. “What we really hope for is a change – a policy change,” Wilcox told KCTV 5. Willcox has also consistently stated that Primm was not acting in a threatening manner at the time of the incident and posed no threat whatsoever.
Tomesha Primm, the boy’s mother also expressed her feelings over the handcuffing of her son at school. “I was angry,” she said. “It affected me tremendously. He is my youngest.” she continued.
According to his mother, Primm was dealing with bullying in the classroom at the hands of another child who was throwing spitballs at him and popping him in the head with a pencil. He was asked to sit at the table with the bully after the teacher in the classroom asked him to move.