An alternative school in Jackson, Mississippi has been ordered by a judge to stop handcuffing and chaining their students, especially pupils under the age of 13.
The Mississippi Capital City Alternative School in Jackson, operated by Jackson Public School District, sustains students who have been suspended/expelled from Jackson Public Schools for 10 days or longer.
Southern Poverty Law Center sued the school and won; the facility has been ordered by Judge Tom Lee to stop detaining the students with handcuffs or shackles.
“This handcuffing policy demonstrated a punitive school culture and a broken model of school discipline that focused on criminalizing students at the expense of educating them,” Jody Owens of the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement.
“The focus should be education, not incarceration, and it’s tantamount to child abuse when children are handcuffed to railings for something as simple as not having the appropriate belt or inappropriate shoe strings,” Owens said.
“We have some students who have gone on record to say it’s happened to them three or four days in a row,” Owens said. “We know there are some students who actually had to eat their lunch with one hand handcuffed to a railing.”