A.M., et al. v. Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees, et al.

Case Number: 
3:11 CV 344 TSL-MTP
Court where filed: 
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division
Date Filed: 
06/08/2011
Status: 
Settled
Plaintiffs: 
A.M. by and through his next friend, Jeanette Murry; on behalf of himself and all other persons similarly situated
Defendants: 
Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees, in its official capacity; Dr. Lonnie J. Edwards, Sr., in his official capacity as Superintendent at Jackson Public Schools; Glenn Davis, in his official capacity as Director of Security at Jackson Public Schools; Marie Harris, in her official capacity as Principal at Capital City Alternative School; Bobby Walden, in his official capacity as Vice Principal at Capital City Alternative School; Franklin McKee, in his official capacity as school safety officer at Capital City Alternative School; Stacey Greenwood, in her official capacity as school safety officer at Capital City Alternative School
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Students at Jackson Public School District’s Capital City Alternative School have regularly been disciplined for minor infractions, such as not wearing a belt or for wearing mismatched shoelaces, by being shackled for hours at a time to a fixed object.

These students are left unsupervised and are denied access to classroom instruction. The specific allegations in the complaint include:

  • A 15-year-old female student was handcuffed to a railing for several hours after she was accused of greeting her friend too loudly in the school hallway.

  • Another student was shackled to a railing for an entire school day because the student did not wear a belt. The student was even forced to eat lunch while handcuffed.

  • One student spent an entire school day handcuffed and shackled to a railing because he wore shoes that schools officials deemed to be the wrong color.

The lawsuit was filed after Jackson Public Schools refused to respond to a demand letter requesting that the school district end these practices.