Greene County is buzzing this week over a surprising confrontation at one of its schools. A four-year-old kid with attention deficit disorder caused a ruckus in the pre-K classroom, and when the principal could not restore calm, the local sheriff handcuffed the child and took him away in a squad car.
This story began in mid-October when a child at Nathanael Greene Primary School allegedly threw blocks, climbed over desks, hit, scratched, and kicked the principal and the director of special education. A sheriff’s deputy assigned to the schools was summoned, and his boss — County Sheriff Steven Smith – says the student was handcuffed.
"The boy was out of control, basically, throwing his arms around and kicking— trying to kick the deputy, trying to run away, and the deputy felt that putting the handcuffs on him was for his safety as well as everybody else’s.
The child’s mother, Tracy Wood, was notified, arriving at school soon after she got the call.
"When you call a parent to get their child, when they get to the school, you expect the child to be there— especially when you arrive in a timely manner." Instead, she was met by the principal who said the boy had been transported to the sheriff’s office. Wood went right over and found her son’s legs in shackles.
“Once he got inside the office, since he tried to run and kick the deputies, they took the handcuffs off him and put the leg shackles on him, ” said Smith.