Girl, Age 6, Handcuffed And Detained For Bringing Piece Of Dessert To School With Lunch

Girl, Age 6, Handcuffed And Detained For Bringing Piece Of Dessert To School With Lunch

A 6-year-old Chicago girl was handcuffed underneath the stairs in her school by a security guard who said he was teaching her “a f—ing lesson,” according to a lawsuit.

A security guard at Fernwood Elementary School allegedley punished Madisyn Wordlow by handcuffing her underneath the stairs and held her there for more than an hour, according to the New York Daily News. Madisyn’s mother, Marlena Worldlow, has filed a lawsuit against the security guard and the Chicago Board of Education for the harsh punishment.


The mother’s lawyer, Jeffrey Granich, says the security guard, Divelle Yarbrough, used excessive force to falsely imprison the 6-year-old, causing her emotional distress.

The incident began when other students reportedly told the guard that Madisyn had stolen a piece of candy, though Marlena insists the candy was from her own lunch. The guard told Madisyn he was teaching her “a f—ing lesson.”

According to a statement from Chicago Public Schools, the district took immediate action by firing Yarbrough and placing a “do not hire” note in his file. However, Worldlow claims the district and local police have not been helpful since the incident took place.

Worldlow says when she arrived at the school to pick up her daughter on the day of the incident, Madisyn, who has special needs, was “crying, sweating and visibly scared and distraught.”

According to Granich, authorities have not pressed charges against the security guard.

In the meantime, Wordlow is searching for a new school for her daughter.

“The Chicago Public Schools system has a responsibility to make sure nothing like this happens again,” Granich said.

Sources: New York Daily News / Photo Credit: Family Handout via New York Daily News

2 thoughts on “Girl, Age 6, Handcuffed And Detained For Bringing Piece Of Dessert To School With Lunch

  1. This officer or should I say Clown, has no right to be assigned around minor children of any age. I hope he gets the britches sued off of him and he needs to be barred from all security work . Not only is he a bully but as the story implied, he addressed the child with a rant of vulgarity that he should never have uttered. This, case reminds me of the “officer” that placed an elementary school girl under arrest because she attempted to pay for her lunch with a Two Dollar Bill. This is naught but sheer stupidity. The real sad thing is the School Personnel in the lunch room had no idea that the bill was valid currency. My next question is does the school not question these morons prior to employment? This is a real disgrace!

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