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'Attitude' gets 6th grader handcuffed

A Colorado sixth-grader was handcuffed and taken to a juvenile holding facility for disobeying an assistant principal and being "argumentative and extremely rude," according to an incident report.

"She told me that I need to quit giving her my attitude," Yajira Quezada was quoted by NBC affiliate KUSA TV as saying of the administrator at Shaw Heights Middle School in Westminster, a suburb of Denver.


In the incident report, the unidentified administrator said she was on hall patrol on Feb. 22 when she came across Quezada and started questioning her. She said she was in mid-sentence when the 11-year-old "turned and walked away saying, 'I don't have time for this.'"

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"Why would they handcuff me? I'm not the type of girl to get arrested," added Quezada, whose mother later moved her and her sister out of the school.

"They're treating them like criminals. And they're not, they're kids," Quezada's mother, Mireya Gaytan, told KUSA.

The local sheriff's office said handcuffing a child during transport is standard procedure.

A school district spokesman agreed. "Once they step in and take over a case, it is really in their hands," Steve Saunders said of the handcuffing by the school's resource officer.

Quezada said she'd have a different response if she has another encounter with school staff. "Not to give them attitude," she said.

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