Justice for Six-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Handcuffed Under School Stairs

Target: Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool

Goal: Compensate family of six-year-old girl who was reportedly handcuffed and left under her school’s stairs for an hour.

A very young student was violently handcuffed and left under some stairs that way for an hour because another child accused her of stealing a piece of candy, according to a lawsuit filed by her parents. Six-year-old Madisyn talked about the pain of the handcuffs in a recent interview regarding the suit, which alleges that the security guard who cuffed her said he was “teaching her a f***ing lesson.”

Marlena Wordlow, Madisyn’s mother, says that the piece of candy that somehow elicited this ridiculous punishment was part of the lunch she packed for her daughter that day. Even if the child had taken the candy, handcuffing a student for an hour under some stairs is an extremely inappropriate and possibly traumatizing action to take against a six-year-old.

The child’s school has released a statement saying that the security guard has been fired and a “do not hire” note has been placed in his file. However, the school is still responsible for what happened as they never should have hired such a violent man in the first place. Furthermore, Wordlow has claimed that the school system has been unhelpful during this process.

Madisyn may need extensive trauma therapy after such a terrifying incident, and her parents shouldn’t have to pay for something that is the school’s fault. Sign our petition to demand that the school district offer the family full restitution for the abuse of this child.


Dear Mr. Claypool,

A child attending one of your schools was recently put in handcuffs and left under school stairs for an hour for allegedly stealing a piece of candy. According to a lawsuit being filed against your district, the security guard said that he was “teaching her a f***ing lesson.” Six-year-old Madisyn was found crying and terrified before she was released for this gross and completely uncalled for “punishment.”

It’s not enough that the security guard has been fired. Madisyn’s family must now find a new school for her and possibly psychological treatment for the trauma she endured. Your school district is responsible for hiring a violent man to interact with elementary school children, therefore you must be held accountable for the expenses incurred by this horrific treatment of an innocent child.

Don’t ignore your responsibility to the children under the care of your schools. We demand that you pay restitution to this family in whatever amount they request.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: George Hodan

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  1. Are we not doing background
    check? This child is going to
    be scared for life! Don’t think
    firing is good enough.

    • Frankly, I’d like to hear the “other side” of this story…..surely this kid did more than steal a piece of candy. Hard to believe any one would risk their job in this day and age to do something like this for NO reason…..

      • You’d like to hear the other side of the story? How about … Why would you handcuff a child And a six year old???? Who’s clearly not a danger to anybody???? What’s next? We start calling SWAT when pencils go missing? Get a brain. This is abuse of authority. They crossed the line.

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    I agree Maggie, this is 100% child abuse. No other way to explain it.
    No 6yr old should have been treated like this, ever.
    Better screening of staff has to be done.

  3. This precious 6 yr. old child is going to be traumatized from this. The ‘ security guard ‘ must be fired fined and serve jail time…… and never be allowed to work anywhere near children again.

  4. Once again, this man has shown himself as a child abuser. The social services should look further in his life regarding children of his own and should take them in custody for questioning for child abuse. This kind of behavior is always a possible threat to his own children as well.

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