Denver school board bans use of handcuffs on elementary school students

Campus safety officers employed by the Denver school district will no longer be allowed to use handcuffs on elementary school students, after the school board unanimously passed a resolution Thursday banning the controversial practice.

Handcuffs can still be used on middle and high school students, though the resolution directs Denver Public Schools to significantly decrease the frequency.

“This is a really important experience and step we’ve taken to be the institution we want to be and be an example,” said board member Jennifer Bacon.

A previous version of the resolution that the board considered last month would have allowed the use of handcuffs on fourth- and fifth-grade students who posed a “threat of serious bodily injury to self or others.” That exception was removed from the final resolution.

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