Justice for Seven-Year-Old Boy Handcuffed in School


Target: ACLU staff attorney Gillian Wilcox

Goal: Punish Kansas City Public Schools for the unjust handcuffing of a young boy who was crying after being teased.

After her young and tiny son was handcuffed by a school resource officer for crying and yelling, the mother of the seven-year-old boy is suing Kansas City Public Schools. The incident occurred two years ago, when her son, Kalyb Primm, was in second grade.

The ACLU of Missouri has filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family. According to court documents, teasing from another student caused Kalyb to cry and scream, which led to his removal from the classroom by school resource officer Brandon Craddock. Kalyb continued to cry and scream as he was led to the principal’s office, and Craddock then forcibly grabbed and handcuffed the boy.

The ACLU claims that the boy’s constitutional rights were violated. Kalyb committed no crime and posed little danger. Furthermore, he stood around four feet tall and weighed less than 50 pounds at the time of the incident, meaning he was hardly a threat to the officer or anyone nearby.

In the words of ACLU staff attorney Gillian Wilcox, the officer’s response was “completely inappropriate and over the top.” Sign the petition below and demand justice for this clear case of excessive force.


Dear Ms. Wilcox,

I am writing to express my outrage at the recent lawsuit involving Kalyb Primm. The officer in this case has no legal justification for his actions; Kalyb may have been disruptive, but he was a seven-year-old who weighed less than fifty pounds. He posed no danger to anyone involved, and handcuffing him was simply not the right thing to do.

I applaud your office for picking up this case and I urge you to see it through to the end. Please help this boy and his family get the justice that they so rightly deserve.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. There should be other ways for police officers to have a child in his place and to show him limits, as it to handcuff. This procedure is not only completely covered over – it also is inhumane, unnecessary and pathetic!!!

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Let the mothers consider that whatever concerneth the education of children is of the first importance. Let them put forth every effort in this regard, for when the bough is green and tender it will grow in whatever way ye train it. Therefore is it incumbent upon the mothers to rear their little ones even as a gardener tendeth his young plants.
    Let them strive by day and by night to establish within their children faith and certitude, the fear of God, the love of the Beloved of the worlds, and all good qualities and traits. Whensoever a mother seeth that her child hath done well, let her praise and applaud him and cheer his heart; and if the slightest undesirable trait should manifest itself, let her counsel the child and punish him, and use means based on reason, even a slight verbal chastisement should this be necessary.
    It is not, however, permissible to strike a child, or vilify him, for the child’s character will be totally perverted if he be subjected to blows or verbal abuse.
    Bahá’í Writings

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