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Apr 13, 2016 11:15 AM

'Seriously out of control' 10-year-old Laconia boy restrained by police at school


LACONIA — Police restrained a 10-year-old boy after a call was made from Pleasant Street School on Tuesday.

Capt. Matt Canfield told NH1 News that the unidentified child was, "seriously out of control" and was "swinging, kicking and punching" administrators who were trying to calm the student. The child was eventually restrained by the officer and released to his grandmother.

Canfield said that there were no charges pressed against the boy.

The child was not handcuffed, but Canfield said that in extreme situations where they pose a danger to themselves or others police can use handcuffs.

The Laconia School District policy follows state law, which reads: "Restraint will be used only when the physical action of as student creates a substantial risk of harm to self or others; and/or as a last resort when all other positive interventions have failed, or the level of immediate risk prohibits exhausting other means."

"It is unfortunate when we have to get the police involved," Superintendent Kirk Beitler told the Laconia Daily Sun. "This was definitely an unusual moment."


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