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Restraining kids: 'No easy answer'

Educators face tough challenges when trying to keep a child - and others - safe during violent outbursts

By Hailey Heinz
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE — When an Albuquerque Public Schools police officer used handcuffs to restrain a 7-year-old boy with autism, Superintendent Winston Brooks condemned her actions and Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston revoked her law enforcement commission.

Brooks made it clear to APS staff that "absolutely under no circumstances" would it be OK to handcuff an elementary school student.

While no one has come forward to defend the practice, educators say calming an out-of-control child, even a small one, isn't simple. That's true for students in regular classrooms and for students with special needs. And what works for one child may trigger even worse behavior in another child.

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