13-year-old handcuffed and arrested for burping in class


JESSICA SATHERLEY
Daily Mail

December 4, 2011

A 13-year-old was handcuffed and hauled off to a juvenile detention for burping in class, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed against an Albuquerque public school principal, a teacher and a city police officer.

The suit was filed on Wednesday, the same day the district in New Mexico was also sued by the family of a seven-year-old autistic boy who was handcuffed to a chair. 

The unnamed seventh grader was arrested last May at Cleveland Middle School after he ‘burped audibly’ in his P.E. class, according to the Albuquerque Journal. 

‘Criminalising of the burping of a 13-year-old boy serves no governmental purpose,’ the lawsuit said. 

‘Burping is not a serious disruption, a threat of danger was never an issue.’

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