DENVER — Denver Public Schools (DPS) leaders are considering changes to the district's handcuff policy for students.
Those policies garnered attention after a parent of a student at a Denver elementary school said his son was handcuffed there.
Brandon Pryor said that on April 19 his 7-year-old son was handcuffed at Florida Pitt Waller School after he got in a fight with a classmate.
A report given to the Denver School Board, and partially obtained by 9Wants to Know, shows 58 students have been handcuffed by DPS employees from 2017 to 2019.
Ana Alejo, chief communications officer for DPS, said in a statement at the time that handcuffs can be used “only as a last resort” and if there is an “imminent danger.” While she declined to comment on the incident involving Pryor's son, she said district officials were “reviewing the use of restraints and the training for our security officers.”
This new resolution would restrict any handcuff use for elementary school students unless they're in fourth or fifth grade and could hurt someone.
The school would also have to call first responders, and the district's department of safety would review any use of handcuffs.
During a meeting on Thursday, the school board decided to table the resolution to gather more input from the community before voting.
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