A California mother is planning to file a complaint against the Butte County Sheriff’s Office after her son was handcuffed when he was walking away from school.
According to KRCR, the boy left the campus of Chapman Elementary School in Chino Thursday when deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office found him. When deputies approached the boy, he started walking away. The deputies followed and a struggle ensued, ending with the child in handcuffs.
“I was torn up,” Meagan Ramey, the boy’s mother, said. “It broke my heart.”
Ramey said her son is mentally disabled and this isn’t the first time he has walked away from school.
“He’ll start walking off campus,” Ramey said, explaining that the principal usually follows the boy at a distance. “We’ve talked about it several times.”
This time, the deputies saw him first.
“As they were following him, they became more concerned that he might dart into traffic,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told KRCR. “So, at one point, one of the deputies took him and restrained him and that ultimately resulted in him struggling and at one point even scratching the deputy.”
The boy was put in handcuffs, but the deputies did not put him in the back of their patrol car.
Ramey said when she came to pick her son up, she couldn’t believe what she saw.
“Hands behind his back, his pants were past his bottom, shoes were thrown off,” she said. “He was screaming, kicking and crying because he has asthma as well.”
Ramey is now planning to file a complaint against the office, but Honea is standing by his deputies for now.
“Based on what I can see, their actions were motivated out of concerns for this young man,” he said. Once Ramey’s complaint is filed, Honea said the department will review the deputies’ body cameras and conduct interviews.