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Mom Finds Son Handcuffed In Class
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 15, 2002

HOUSTON, TEXAS--When Lisa Calvin went to Haude Elementary School Monday to pick up her 8-year-old son, Adam, she was shocked to find him lying face-down on the classroom floor -- with his hands cuffed behind him.

"It felt like some kind of freak show," Calvin told KPRC-TV. "I could hear him begging. He was saying, 'please take these off' and he was crying. When I saw him on the floor, he was soaked in sweat."

A Klein Independent School District police officer handcuffed Adam, who has autism, after the boy had a tantrum.

"I heard the cop tell him, 'Boy when you calm down, I'll take these off of you.' (It was) what he was saying when I was coming down the hall," Calvin said.

School officials defended the restraint and Adam's one-day suspension.

Calvin was scheduled to meet with officials Tuesday to decide whether Adam would be allowed back to school.

A video report from KPRC-TV is available through this link:
http://cf.clickonsa.com/ant/sh/videoplayer/video.cfm?id=1781159&owner=hou

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