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    Report: NYC Kindergartener Cuffed After Tantrum

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    Report: NYC Kindergartener Cuffed After Tantrum


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    NEW YORK -- Police and school officials are investigating a mother's allegations that her 5-year-old son was handcuffed and taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after throwing a temper tantrum in his Queens kindergarten.
    Jasmina Vasquez told the Daily News her son, Dennis Rivera, was "scared to death" by the Jan. 17 incident at PS 81.
    Police spokesman Paul Browne and a city Education Department spokeswoman declined to discuss specifics Thursday, saying the incident was under investigation.
    Vasquez said she and a baby sitter raced to the school after a guidance counselor called her to say Dennis was being taken to the hospital. The babysitter said she found the 68-pound boy in handcuffs.
    Vasquez said the hospital evaluated and released the boy, now in private school.
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    68 pounds in Kindergarten? There must be more to this story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    68 pounds in Kindergarten? There must be more to this story.

    I'm sure there is but handcuffing a 68 pound kid?

    i just don't get it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resident Smart Ass View Post
    I'm sure there is but handcuffing a 68 pound kid?

    i just don't get it
    From a force perspective, cuffing him might have stabilized the situation and removed the likely chance of having to use more force.

    Without more information, not sure what to say.

    68 pounds in Kindergarten is *not* within the average. I have a pretty large son in Kindergarten, and he is nowhere near 68 pounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    68 pounds in Kindergarten? There must be more to this story.
    He ate a lot of Happy Meals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    From a force perspective, cuffing him might have stabilized the situation and removed the likely chance of having to use more force.

    Without more information, not sure what to say.

    68 pounds in Kindergarten is *not* within the average. I have a pretty large son in Kindergarten, and he is nowhere near 68 pounds.

    yeah, i'd like to find out more info.
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    Either way you can bet mama is going to sue for mental stress that THEY put her poor child through the poor dear.


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    How about the parents fucking raise their kids not to be assholes. just my 2cents.
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    5-year-old boy was handcuffed and hauled off to a psych ward for misbehaving in kindergarten - but the tot's parents say NYPD school safety agents are the ones who need their heads examined.
    "He's 5 years old. He was scared to death," Dennis Rivera's mother, Jasmina Vasquez, told the Daily News. "You cannot imagine what it's done to him."
    Dennis - who suffers from speech problems, asthma and attention deficit disorder - never went back to class at Public School 81 in Queens after the traumatic incident.
    His mom and a school source said Dennis threw a tantrum inside the Ridgewood school at 11 a.m. on Jan. 17.
    Dennis was taken to the principal's office, where he apparently knocked items off a desk.
    Rather than calling the boy's parents, a school safety agent cuffed the boy's small hands behind his back using metal restraints, the school source said.
    The agent and school officials then called an ambulance to take the tot to Elmhurst Hospital Center for a mental evaluation.
    Vasquez was stunned when a guidance counselor called her at work to say her son was being taken to the psych ward.
    Vasquez rushed to the school from her job as a patient representative at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. On the way, she called Dennis' baby-sitter, who was closer to PS 81, and asked her to hurry over to the school.
    When baby-sitter Sandy Ortiz arrived, Dennis was still handcuffed, she said. School safety agents also were holding his elbows even though the boy was calm, Ortiz said. Dennis is about 4-feet-3 and weighs 68 pounds.
    "I hugged him. I said, 'OK, release the cuffs, I'm taking him,'" she recalled. "They told me, 'No, Miss. You're not taking him anywhere.'"
    Ortiz routinely picks up Dennis from class. She said she's never seen him behave in a way that would require him to be restrained.
    "I was so upset. There's no reason to handcuff a baby of 5 years old, traumatize him that way," she said.
    The handcuffs were removed before Dennis was walked out of the school and driven by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital Center. He was evaluated at the hospital and released about four hours later, his mom said.
    School sources said Dennis had punched an assistant principal the day before he acted out in class. The sources also said he broke glass in an office door a week earlier.
    A spokeswoman for the city Education Department declined to comment on why school safety agents needed to handcuff Dennis, saying the incident was under investigation.
    The NYPD, which oversees school safety agents, also declined to discuss specifics. Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said, "We hope common sense would prevail and we are looking at what happened."
    Vasquez immediately withdrew Dennis from PS 81 and enrolled him in a private school, Grand Street Settlement.
    "I asked him, 'Do you want to go back to that school?' He broke down in tears," Vasquez said. "He said, 'I don't want to go! I don't want to go!'"

 

 

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