Child Found Handcuffed To Chair in Class

School claims the actions were for the child's safety

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 12:52pm

A San Antonio mom says her 11-year-old son was handcuffed to a chair and treated like an animal.

School district officials claim the actions taken were for the child's safety.

Annette Maldonado's son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is in a special education class at Longfellow Middle School in the San Antonio Independent School District. Maldonado claims SAISD police and a teachers' assistant have physically hurt her son.

Maldonado said that during the first incident, her young son was handcuffed to a chair.

"Seeing my child handcuffed like an animal to a chair was wrong," she says.

Maldonado said the school called her to pick up Moses in February because of disorderly conduct.

"His hand was red and I could see the bleeding on the sides," Maldonado recounts .

Maldonado then told a San Antonio ISD police officer to take the handcuffs off of Moses.

The San Antonio ISD police report states Moses was banging his head. So, the officer placed "him in handcuffs for his safety."

Then Monday, Maldonado was called again. She said when she arrived at the school, Moses had marks on his arms.

"[The teacher's assistant]was grabbing him real hard," Maldonado said. According to Moses' mother, he said it "...was hurting his bones."

"We're looking into the incident...to make sure protocol was followed in removing the child from the class," said Leslie Price of San Antonio ISD.

When it comes to handcuffing a child, San Antonio ISD Police Department policy states:

"Arrested and/or detained subjects shall be handcuffed when the officer has reasonable cause to believe that handcuffs are necessary for the safety of the arrested person, the officer, or other persons."

Annette says her son would never hurt himself.

"It eats me up," added Maldonado. "Because that's my child, and now I'm going to stand the ground and action is going to be taken against her."

San Antonio ISD police are still investigating both incidents.