11-Year-Old Colorado Girl Handcuffed in School for “Rudeness”
11-year-old Yajira Quezada was handcuffed and taken to a juvenile holding facility at her school for being “argumentative and extremely rude.”
The sixth-grader from Shaw Heights Middle School was walking the hallways during lunchtime to get a sweater from her locker. When she was accosted by the assistant principal, she walked away and said, “I don’t have time for this.”
After a counselor tried to unsuccessfully settle the ensuing argument, the girl was reportedly handcuffed and taken to the holding facility, as per the standard procedure of the school.
Yajira’s mom was infuriated with the school’s disciplinary action. “They’re treating them like criminals. And they’re not, they’re kids,” the girl’s mother, Mireya Gaytan, told reporters.
While I understand the school’s stance for tough punishment, I also realize that there must be a flaw in their mediation procedure, so much so that handcuffs become a requirement. What are your thoughts?