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Superintendent apologizes after Texas student, 8, handcuffed

February 18, 2016

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas school administrator has apologized to the family of an 8-year-old boy who was briefly handcuffed by a police officer trying to calm him.

Belton Independent School District Superintendent Susan Kincannon (kin-KAN’-uhn) also says it’s not district practice “to call police for unruly elementary students.”

The boy’s stepfather says the second-grader takes medication for a hyperactivity disorder.

School officials Tuesday summoned Temple police to Pirtle Elementary about a boy having an emotional crisis, throwing chairs and books and hitting people.

Officer Shawana Neely said Wednesday that the officer tried to calm the student before putting adult-size handcuffs on the boy’s hands, placed behind his back. Neely says the cuffs were too big and fell off.

The officer stayed with the boy until his family arrived.

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