To shackle, or not to shackle — that is the question seldom asked in many juvenile courts. The indiscriminate shackling of kids during courtroom proceedings begs the question: Why are we hostile toward our children? What does it say about us as a nation that we are inclined toward slapping cold, hard, metallic handcuffs, leg irons and waist chains on children without asking one simple question: Is the child a serious risk of fight or flight? How can we arbitrarily dispense with asking this simple question while simultaneously preaching the virtues of due process that are so imbedded in our values and beliefs? We swore to protect the constitutional right to presumption of innocence — yet we parade children into our courtrooms shackled like animals.