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Police shackled 'tantrum' boy, 5

Published 02/05/2015

Handcuffs and shackles were used to restrain the boy
Handcuffs and shackles were used to restrain the boy

New York state police are defending the actions of t wo troopers who placed a five-year-old special needs student in handcuffs and shackled his feet while bringing him to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that police said the child was restrained because he was "out of control" and "combative" in school.

Trooper Jack Keller, a public information officer, said the boy's behaviour posed a risk to himself, students, school staff and troopers.

An official with the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services said staff tried for two hours to de-escalate the situation until police arrived.

The boy's parents said they plan to sue the district.

Chelsea Ruiz said hospital officials determined that her son, Connor, did not need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist.

She says he was just a boy throwing a tantrum.

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