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'They Hurted': Mom Says Daughter Put in Handcuffs at School

Marlena Wordlaw said her 6-year-old daughter Madisyn Moore was pulled out of class at Fernwood Elementary for taking candy off of a teacher’s desk.

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    One Chicago mother says her 6-year-old daughter was handcuffed after she was caught stealing candy to "teach her a lesson." Now, sorry isn't enough. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez speaks with the family. (Published Saturday, March 19, 2016)

    A woman is outraged after she says her daughter was handcuffed while at school.

    Marlena Wordlaw said her 6-year-old daughter Madisyn Moore was pulled out of class at Fernwood Elementary for taking candy off of a teacher’s desk. Wordlaw said her daughter was then handcuffed under some stairs at school to teach her a lesson.

    Madisyn explained how the school security guard handcuffed her after lunch.

    “They hurted,” Moore said. “He snatched me out of my class. He made me get out in my handcuffs.”

    Mom Says Daughter Put in Handcuffs at School

    [CHI] Mom Says Daughter Put in Handcuffs at School
    A woman is outraged after she says her daughter was handcuffed while at school. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Friday, March 18, 2016)

    Wordlaw showed up to Fenwood elementary 50 minutes after getting the call that Madisyn had gotten in trouble for taking candy.

    “I said ‘why you have my baby in cuffs?’ He said, 'because I'm trying to teach them to stop taking stuff that don't belong to them'."

    “When he pulled her from under stairs she was crying," Wordlaw said. "He told me ‘I 'm doing my job, I'm trying to teach her a lesson’.”

    To make matters worse, Madisyn was apparently detained under some stairs.

    “I understand these teenage boys and whatever the case may be, yeah you can try to teach them a lesson but this is a little girl," Wordlaw said.

    Wordlaw says she approached the principal, who tried to apologize for the incident, but she wasn’t satisfied.

    "I don't accept your apology ever," Wordlaw said.

    Marlena worries about what could have happened.

    “I’m more angry than anything, because it’s my only daughter. I feel like anything could have happened to her. Somebody could have touched her. She's in the dark under the stairs," Marlena said.

    CPS has yet to respond to requests for comment. Marlena said she is planning to sue.

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