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Police Handcuff Kindergartener For Throwing Tantrum

Police Handcuff Kindergartener For Throwing Tantrum

It's horrible to get a call from school with the news that your child is out of control. But to find out that your child is in police custody because the school staff couldn't reach you must be devastating.

That's what a family in Milledgeville, GA is trying to sort out right now. Their 6-year-old kindergartener, Salecia Johnson, was handcuffed and brought to the local police station as a result of a violent tantrum she threw in the principal's office.

Salecia's family says the school should not have involved police. ”What is the purpose of counselors and other aides in the school system when they just call law enforcement to calm a child when they act out?” stated Salecia's aunt. The police chief in Milledgeville still stands by his officer's decision, saying the responding officer cuffed the kindergartener “for the student’s safety as well as others."


Read the full story at ABC News.

How does your child's school handle kids who are physically out of control?

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gracelada gracelada 5 years
for the last comment,i would say if another child in the class been injured,what kind of lawyer u will hire against the other familly,and will the princepil charge the parent for her injuries too.
CoMMember13610061145231 CoMMember13610061145231 5 years
I am a mother with 2 children, one of which has severe ADHD along with articulation delay with his speech. He has temper tantrums similar to what was described in this article. As a mother I would be horrified if this had happened to my child. There are other alternatives to putting a child in handcuffs. There are aids and staff present to ensure that all children and staff are safe. Calling the police usually will cause even more stress on the child and cause the child to react even stronger. Although I see the concept that they were called in to resolve the situation, this can be traumatizing for the child, and cause long term consequences for the child. Now if they would have called in non-uniformed officers and not placed the child in hand-cuffs, then I would have had no problem. As for those who are saying that the parents should have been there, well some of us parents go to school and or work. In reality it takes two incomes to raise a family. The parents had ensured the safety of their child in the schools hands. If the child needed to be restrained for their safety and others safety, then I would feel better knowing that someone who was trained in this procedure had done so. As I stated putting the child in hand-cuffs is still the wrong thing to have done.
ShananJohnson ShananJohnson 5 years
I once had a 3 year old in a daycare act out like this. It was very scary. He threw chairs and knocked over a table. Then he ran from me. Before it was over he was beating the daylights out of my knees. Our Director came in to remove him from the classroom and got bit, kicked, and punched. We called his parents who wanted to know what I did to tick him off. My reply "I asked him to sit in his chair." Thankfully we could refuse them service but public schools are in a bind. I think the school had no choice. Parents of these kids are often clueless and sue happy!
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