A 6-year-old girl in Chicago was handcuffed under the stairs at her school for more than an hour when a security guard decided he was “teaching her a f*cking lesson,” a lawsuit charges.
The security guard at Fernwood Elementary School punished Marlena Wordlow’s daughter in March by handcuffing her near the school’s boilers. Other students had told the security guard that little Madisyn had stolen a piece of candy, but her mother said it was part of her lunch.
Wordlow’s lawyer Jeffrey Granich filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education and security guard Divelle Yarbrough on Thursday, alleging excessive force, false imprisonment and emotional distress.
Granich, a parent to a young child, told the Daily News that if this happened to his family, “I would need a lawyer. I probably wouldn’t have filed a federal lawsuit, I probably would have done something else.”
In a statement, the Chicago Public Schools says the guard has been fired and a “do not hire” note was placed in his personnel file. The district says it took immediate action.
Wordlow was horrifed when she showed up at the school and was taken to her daughter, who was still handcuffed. Madisyn was “crying, sweating, and visibly scared and distraught,” according to the lawsuit.
An angry Wordlow said she couldn’t believe Yarbroug’s reaction.
“He said ‘I’m teaching her a f—-g lesson. She took a piece of candy and I handcuffed her under the stairs,'” Wordlow told The News.
Additionally, “he told me if I was a real parent, I would find out what was going on instead of jumping the gun,” she said.
Even though the guard was axed, Wordlow says neither the school system or the police department have been helpful since this happened. Cops declined to press charges against the security guard, according to Granich.
Wordlow is struggling to find a new school for Madisyn, who has special needs.
“The Chicago Public Schools system has a responsiblity to make sure nothing like this happens again,” Granich said.
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