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Mother Sues CPS After 6-year-old Handcuffed

A mother filed a lawsuit Thursday against Chicago Public Schools (CPS) after her 6-year-old daughter was handcuffed at school.

Marlena Wordlow said a security guard at Fernwood Elementary placed her daughter in handcuffs in March for allegedly taking a piece of candy. Madisyn Moore was left alone under a stairwell by the boilers for more than an hour, her mother said.

“He was pulling Madisyn from under the stairs with her hands behind her back,” Wordlow told ABC 7“I don’t know how long she was under there, but she was sweating. She still had on a jacket. It was warm outside, so I’m trying to figure out why she still had her jacket on.”

According to the lawsuit, the guard used excessive force, executed false imprisonment and intentionally inflicted emotional distress.

Wordlow removed her daughter from the school and said CPS did not help her enroll in a different school.

“I would like to know why he hasn’t been prosecuted,” Wordlow’s attorney, Jeffrey Granich, said. “This is a battery. This is false imprisonment.”

CPS fired the employee and said they took action right away after finding out about the incident.