Mississippi Agrees to Stop Handcuffing Students to Poles
(JACKSON, Miss.) Students will no longer be handcuffed to poles in a Jackson, Mississippi public school.
The Capital City Alternative School, Mississippis second largest school district, reached the agreement with the Southern Poverty Law Center in U-S District Court on Friday. They agreed to immediately stop the practice of handcuffing their students to poles and other objects, and must immediately place new methods of discipline in dealing with non-criminal behaviors.
According to the settlement, no student under the age of 13 can be handcuffed. Students over the age of 13 may be handcuffed only for crimes, but must not be handcuffed to stationary objects.
Jody Owens, director of the Mississippi office of the Southern Poverty Law Center, says the way the school dealt with discipline in the school was tantamount to child abuse, We have some students who have gone on record to say its happened to them three or four days in a row. We know there are some students who actually had to eat their lunch with one hand handcuffed to a railing.
Goes to show what I know
... that this NEVER would have seemed like a good plan to begin with.
How stupid. Not to mention cruel and inhumane.
This just re-affirms my promise to never set foot in that part of our country ever again.
If I was offered a job in Mississippi, helping Victoria's Secret models to dress for photo shoots, and it paid a trillion dollars a week, I would turn it down without even thinking about it.
is there some sort of exchange program?
'cause there's a bunch of people we can send over there ...