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Friday, January 25, 2008

Congresswoman Velázquez Calls for Investigation into NYPD Treatment of Five-Year-Old Child Who Misbehaved in School

BROOKLYN, NY – Following reports in the media that a five-year-old child was detained using handcuffs by a New York Police Department (NYPD) school safety agent, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) today called on NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to investigate the incident.    

The boy was reportedly placed in handcuffs and taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for a mental evaluation after the January 17 incident at Queens’ Public School 81.  The school falls within the boundaries of the 12th Congressional District, which is represented by Congresswoman Velázquez.

The following is the text of the letter sent by Congresswoman Velazquez to Police Commissioner Kelly:

January 25, 2008

Dear Police Commissioner Kelly:

I write to express my deep concerns about an article published today by the Daily News regarding a 5-year old boy who may have been placed in handcuffs in public school and taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center. I am hoping your office can provide me with some more information.

While I believe that safety must be maintained in our schools, there are parameters of corporal punishment especially for a 5-year old who misbehaves on school ground.  Given the recent events I request a thorough investigation of the matter in order to ensure that the appropriate measures were taken by the school safety agents in administering discipline to this child.

I appreciate your attention and look forward to your response. 

Sincerely,

Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of Congress

Cc:

Chancellor Joel Klein                                        

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan