11-Year Old Star Student Breaks Wrist When School Officer Handcuffs Him


A former "Student of the Year" fifth grader is recovering from a broken wrist after being handcuffed at school by an officer.

Jesse Munoz and another student met with an LAUSD officer in the principal's office three weeks ago over an argument that took place on Barton Hill Elementary's school grounds. Although one of the students involved alleged that Jesse and the other boy were going to "jump" him, Jesse says he was only a bystander to the April 22nd incident. Sometime during the meeting, the officer thought the 11-year old and the other boy were getting aggressive and put him in handcuffs.

"The officer was aggressive. If I would have done that to somebody's child, I would be in jail," Jesse's mother, Anita Garcia, told ABC 7. She's also upset that the school never called home about the incident. A visit to the doctor's last week showed that he suffered a broken wrist, and he'll be in a cast until June 4.

Jesse is so shaken by the experience that he's gotten wary of police, and Garcia has arranged for her son to complete his year's schoolwork from home, according to the Daily Breeze. Although he's gone to the San Pedro elementary school since kindergarten, he now wants to go to the sixth grade at Dana Middle School.

"I'm really upset because the school is his second home. He should feel safe there. He should not have gone through this. He's 11 years old," says his mom.

Jesse and his family has gotten moral support from the school's staff. The A- and B-student was named "Student of the Year" in 2013, and his teacher wrote in a letter to the family, "I have never had any problems with him whatsoever."

In a statement, Los Angeles School Police chief Steve Zipperman says the incident "will be thoroughly and expeditiously investigated" but offered no more details due to confidentiality concerns and the ongoing nature of the investigation.