Children as young as five years old have been handcuffed, zip-tied, and pepper-sprayed in their schools as a result of public policy loopholes. Unfortunately, the current federal policy landscape surrounding children’s restraints contributes to the trauma of our children, educators, and peace officers. The ‘No Kids in Cuffs’ resolution aims to reframe the national conversation surrounding restraints, to focus exclusively on the welfare of the aforementioned parties.
This resolution and adjacent Texas-based legislation have garnered support from law enforcement organizations, teachers’ unions, parents groups, social workers, juvenile justice experts, and mental health advocates.
“No Kids In Cuffs is an example of a common-sense policy that we can all get behind. School Resource Officers have a sworn duty to protect the well-being of our students and educators, and this measure ensures the well-being of all, including our officers.”
- Chief David Kimberly, Past President of the Texas School Police Chiefs Association