Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum




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.

Police Chief Dray Swicord says the department's policy is to handcuff people in certain situations.




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Comment by gilbertpaul martin on April 17, 2012 at 1:24pm

I don't see what the problem is here. She was out of control and was put in restraints. I believe this action was just what this child needed for her actions. Possibly she has behavioral issues that need to be addressed. Much ado about nothing. In my day the Nuns would have whipped her little ass and she would not do that again.

Comment by gilbertpaul martin on April 17, 2012 at 1:28pm

Shes a cute kid and maybe someone with the right words could have calmed her down but I don't know.

Comment by chrism12743 on April 17, 2012 at 1:29pm
Great, just great, It is not only bad that police are even called, but that they handcuff her and CHARGE her? Are you f*&$@ng kidding me? What was the old Nazi saying "Arbeit macht frei", can't attest to the spelling, translation, work makes free, so does death, as in the death of the republic. I cringe when I read things like this, we are talking about a kindergartener, not a gang banger, if the school officials can't handle that, then they need to find other work.
Comment by apeman2502 on April 17, 2012 at 1:30pm

 If I would have acted up in school and became a problem for my teachers or principal, I would have been filleted like a trout when I got home, like most kids. Police tazed a few kids across the country. That is retarded.

Comment by Levi B. on April 17, 2012 at 1:36pm

For one it's Yahoo News,seems they are out to create a race war with their daily line called "news".If i acted that way my father would have made me wish i was in handcuffs & also smacked the cop who tried to put his child in them over an issue at school..Training our kids to be worthless disrespectful turds at the same time we put America in Cuffs,so sad...

Comment by Suzanne Stapler on April 17, 2012 at 1:56pm

She could very well have nutritional and digestion issues like ADHD (which is not a brain disorder even though the medical doctors and Big Pharma only want to give them drugs for it).  Simply getting rid of dairy and gluten from her diet as well as the fake fats, GMOs and refined and pkgd, processed foods could be enough to calm her down. 

Comment by suzie on April 17, 2012 at 2:08pm

This is news? It is in my opinion a created problem ..  back in the day if a kid acted like that we didn't sit around and try to figure out if they had ADHD or coddle and coo them .. your mother was called and you were removed from school! When you got home...  You probably got a beating of some kind and sent to bed without supper ... It was a cold cruel world but ya know what? People behaved better and kids ate what they were given by there parents or went hungry.. A cop handcuffing a 6yr old kid? absurd indeed.. shouldn't have happened and wouldn't have happened when the world made so kind of sense..

Comment by ĦƟǁÿWʘʘt! on April 17, 2012 at 2:19pm

good ol back hand days are gone, now its a Police State people, ya need the Gov't to control ur child in 2012 in case  ya forgot ;)

Comment by gilbertpaul martin on April 17, 2012 at 2:20pm

susan stapler, a good point indeed.I concur.  

Comment by sharon k neuhaus on April 17, 2012 at 2:26pm

Normal childhood mistakes are now considered a crime.   Children are allowed no mistakes.  My heart cry's for all the children who have never and will never know any sense of freedom.


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