Dallas boy was handcuffed by school police after outburst at school, family says

The family of a 7-year-old Dallas boy said Tuesday an outburst at school led to school police handcuffing him and placing him in a behavioral health facility without notifying a parent.

April Obin, the boy’s mother, told CBS Dallas her son has a mood disorder and will interrupt class at Gabe P. Allen Elementary School several times a week. She added that her son does have trained counselors to help him cope, but they were not available when the boy started to become violent last week.

Amar Dhillon, the family’s attorney, told the station the boy had an episode while taking a standardized test and eventually started to bang his head against the wall.

Dhillon said that Dallas Independent School District police handcuffed the child and took him away before Obin could get to the school. Dhillon accused police of using excessive force on the boy and claimed that officers used a Taser on the child, according to CBS Dallas.

“The boy did vividly describe being shocked and his body convulsing… and he was very clear about that,” he added.

David Ramirez, an investigator hired by the family, said Obin was later told that her son was in the Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital and that he was sedated. The boy was not released from the hospital until Monday.

School officials said they could not comment on the matter, citing privacy laws. A district spokeswoman told the Associated Press the actions by district police were their own and not a matter of district policy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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