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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