GA 6-Year-Old Handcuffed For Throwing Tantrum At School
We can’t even imagine what this child could have been doing for the school to call one-time on her…SMH:
Milledgeville police say they handcuffed an elementary school student for safety after she allegedly threw a tantrum. According to the police report, kindergartner Salecia Johnson is accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture. The report says the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal. She was crying in the principal’s office at Creekside Elementary before police arrived Friday. The report says when the officer tried to calm the child, she resisted and was cuffed.
“Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that rule,” said Milledgeville Chief of Police Dray Swicord. They took the child to the police station where she was charged with simple assault and damage to property. Because of her age, she will not have to go to court. 13WMAZ spoke with several other Central Georgia police and sheriff’s departments. None of them could remember handcuffing a child that young. They say the use of handcuffs would be at the officer’s discretion and based on whether the child is a threat to herself or others.
“A 6-year-old in kindergarten. They don’t have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child,” said Earnest Johnson, Salecia’s father. “Call the police? Is that the first step? Or is there any other kind of intervention that can be taken to help that child?” asked Candace Ruff.
Police say they tried to contact Johnson’s mother but weren’t able to reach her. Her mother, Constance Ruff. says her daughter was suspended and cannot return to school until August.
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