COVINGTON, Ky. (CN) – A deputy sheriff handcuffed an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old at school in Kentucky, pinning their tiny arms above the elbows behind their backs, two mothers claim in federal court.
Described in the Aug. 3 complaint only by their initials, 8-year-old S.R. and 9-year-old L.G. allegedly endured the improper restraints on three occasions in fall 2014.
At the time, the students, both of whom suffer from disabilities, were elementary students in the Covington Independent Public Schools District, their mothers claim.
Kenton County Sheriff Charles Korzenborn entered into a deal with the district last summer to provide four deputies to serve as school resource officers through June 2015, according to the complaint.
The mothers say it was one of these officers, Kevin Sumner, who used unnecessary excessive force on their children.
“Because of the children’s small size in comparison to the handcuffs, which are designed for adults, defendant Sumner handcuffed them behind their backs and placed the handcuffs on their biceps (above the elbows),” the federal complaint states (parentheses in original).
Standing at just 3 ½ feet tall in the 2014-15 school year, S.R. was a 52-pound third-grade boy at Latonia Elementary School diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
L.G., a fourth grader last year at Carlisle Elementary School, also suffers from ADHD and weighed 56 pounds, her mother says.