In my area, we do have what's called a resource officer at our local high school (as well as many others in the area I believe). In our school, he is a full time police officer who is assigned to the school. Handcuffs are used there and as far as I'm aware, only in "arrest" situations. Although I'm sure they have been used to help ensure that a violent student is safely restrained. My son has been cuffed a couple of times as it is official procedure (he was arrested at school for theft) but in his case, when he was led out through the school from the office, the officer removed them and didn't put them back on until they were outside by the officer's car. (Just so happened that the time they were going out was when there were a lot of students around). I believe he was also handcuffed in middle school once when he was arrested for fighting, also procedure, but I don't remember if they did the same thing for him or if there were even other kids around. The particular officer at the high school is very good with the kids and explains to them why he does everything he does. He also makes sure that he follows procedures to the T when dealing with minors; calls me or husband, doesn't question difficult child until we get there, reads him his rights, etc. With that said however, I can't imagine, as mentioned in the other post, handcuffing a younger child like that. I may have been wrong, but I assumed when reading that post that the teacher was near by and I'm guessing she told the officer that the child is Aspie??? I understand needing to get the child somewhere safe and in a safe manner but handcuffs? I'm kind of on the fence about having this guy get training. To me that sounds like it could go either way. He could have a "light bulb" moment and understand or could take it that he knows it all now and wind up doing more harm than good or just being a plain idiot about it. I've seen so many people who get very basic training in whatever area and think that they are all of a sudden big experts and foul things up even more by trying to "help". I've had friends or acquaintences ask me about difficult child type stuff and I try to be as vague as possible with them. Most of what I know relates soley to difficult child and I know enough to know that I really don't know squat. I have no desire to give out advice on stuff that I've never had intense training or education on so I usually wind up telling them to see a doctor or therapist if I even suggest anything at all.