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School security guard accused of handcuffing first grader

Security guard allegedly handcuffs first grader. Via Google Images

LaShanda Smith, the mother of a Chicago Public Schools student, is accusing an on-campus security guard of handcuffing her son and detaining him for more than an hour while he was a first-grader last year.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, Smith is seeking more than $100,000 in damages for an alleged incident in which security guard David Allen “acted in conscious disregard” of her son’s safety by handcuffing the boy in March 2010 at Carver Primary School on Chicago’s south side. The incident that prompted the alleged handcuffing was not explained.

According to CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll, school officials have not yet seen the complaint and need to review it before any comment would be made.

The complaint alleges that Smith’s son was handcuffed for more than an hour and indicates that the child suffered injuries that were “permanent” and “personal.” The lawsuit further describes the guard’s action as “reckless” and accuses school officials of providing “untrained and unqualified persons for the tasks of disciplining, restraining, controlling and ensuring the safety of students …”