A Toronto mother says she is considering legal action after her nine-year-old son with special needs was briefly handcuffed by police at a daycare centre, Citytv reports.
Linda Dastous says the staff at the Fairbank Memorial Day Care Centre called her on July 28, saying her son, Austin, was out of control.
Daycare officials called 911 saying Austin, who has Asperger syndrome and other disorders, posed a danger to himself and others.
Austin says he became upset after being teased and staff moved him to an empty classroom but he became more unruly and he barricaded himself in the room.
He says police broke down the door, grabbed his arms and put handcuffs on him. The cuffs were removed moments later after Austin spoke to the police crisis intervention team.
Police are defending their decision to cuff the boy, saying their methods worked.
“Using the handcuffs worked. He did calm down, and he has no injuries from that,” Constable Victor Kwong told Citytv. “In this case the officers did the right thing by restraining him.”
Ms. Dastous says her son can’t return to Fairbank or any other daycares run by the Learning Enrichment Foundation.Report Typo/Error
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