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Kindergartener Handcuffed In Ga

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http://news.yahoo.com/police-handcuff-ga-kindergartner-tantrum-112459850.html

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action.

The girl's family demanded Tuesday that this central Georgia city change policy so that other children aren't treated the same way. They say the child was shaken up by being put in a cell at the police station.

Salecia Johnson, 6, was accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture in an outburst Friday at Creekside Elementary School, Macon television station WMAZ-TV(http://on.wmaz.com/HPb7nr ) reported. Police said the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.

The school called police. The police report says when an officer tried to calm the child in the principal's office, she resisted and was handcuffed. The girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property.

What you think?

Depends on the situation... based on the little bit of info provided in the article, the police didn't really act inappropriately in my opinion.

If the child is uncontrollable and posing a danger to herself and others, what other action could be taken?

My wife is a special ed teacher with a Masters in Behavioral & Emotional Disorders... she deals with kids like this all the time and has in the past called the police and filed charges against unruly students... generally this is done when kids are out of control to the point that they are un-restrainable (which she is trained in) and are in danger of hurting themselves or someone else.

The article says the family wants the town to change it's policy of handcuffing children... but what is the alternative in a situation like this? Even a teacher/social worker/cop trained in restraint can only do so much if a child is out of control.

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I don’t have a problem with it. In a world where we don’t spank kids this will go a long way in deterring future outbursts for this kid.

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I don’t have a problem with it. In a world where we don’t spank kids this will go a long way in deterring future outbursts for this kid.

Wait. We don't spank kids anymore?

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Wait. We don't spank kids anymore?

not near enough

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I don't think there's any harm in it. I think the girl's family should be more interested their policy of raising their child rather than the policy of the city.

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Six year olds are dangerous, bro.

A kid in my sons class tried to stab another kid in the eye with a pencil. There is no room in the world, in my opinion, for a child like that. I don't want my son to be damaged for life at a place I send him to get an education because a little brat is forced to go as well.

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