Kid Arrested for Burping in Class: Suit
200 children arrested in school district over 3 years: lawyer
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 2, 2011 12:37 PM CST
A middle-schooler was arrested for burping in class, a suit says.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A New Mexico middle schooler was handcuffed and sent to a juvenile detention center over an in-class belch, a lawsuit alleges. After the 13-year-old “burped audibly” in gym class, his teacher called school officials; now the principal, teacher, and a school cop are facing the suit, the AP reports. In a separate incident, the boy was forced to strip to his underwear in front of five adults after he was accused of selling drugs, the lawsuit says.

The boy is one of more than 200 kids in the district arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors over the past three years, says the lawyer who brought the suit. She has also filed a suit by the parents of an autistic 7-year-old who was allegedly handcuffed to a chair after getting upset in class. Another girl was arrested last year because she "didn't want to sit by the stinky boy in class," attorney Shannon Kennedy says; that suit resulted in a settlement with the district. It’s the schools, not police, that are the real problem, she says. "It lands in the lap of the principal."

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sieben13
Dec 4, 2011 9:41 AM CST
This is a no brainier, get rid of the school officials that implement these policies, get rid of the police chief that allow his men to make these stupid arrests. Do we forget these people work and are paaid by US.
truesoy
Dec 3, 2011 5:49 PM CST
This makes me wonder, uhhh, are there any 'privately owned' prisons in New Mexico that need "new guests" and certain government officials, teachers and/or others are able and willing to provide them?. If there are private prisons there should be investigated? and should anyone resign from their position if there exist a profit motive and/or the concerning the appearance therof?. I believe that at a minimum they should. Sincerely, Truesoy
NotTooSerious
Dec 3, 2011 3:06 AM CST
Because minor drug offenses are no long enough to fill our prisons...