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.