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Tough Day at the Kindergarten

27/04/2012

6-year-old student handcuffed, arrested by police in Georgia

Police in Georgia defended their decision to handcuff and arrest a six-year-old elementary student after the school called to report a juvenile had assaulted a principal and was damaging school property.

According to their report, when the officer arrived, he observed kindergartner Salecia Johnson on the floor of the principal’s office screaming and crying.

The officer stated in the report that he noticed damage to school property and tried numerous times to calm down the girl, who eventually “pulled away and began actively resisting and fighting with me.”

“The child was then placed in handcuffs for her safety and the officer proceeded to bring her down to the police station,” said Chief Dray Swicord.

“Call the police? Is that the first step?” Johnson’s mother, Constance Ruff, asked.

kindergarten tantrum

Regardless of age, said Swicord, “when a person is put in handcuffs it’s for their safety, it’s not a punishment.”

According to the police report, Johnson’s combative behavior included throwing furniture, including a small shelf which struck the principal on the leg.

The child was also observed “biting the door knob of the office and jumping on the paper shredder.”

The report stated Johnson also “attempted to break a glass frame above the shredder.”

The six-year-old was initially charged as a juvenile with simple battery of a school teacher and criminal damage to property, but a police spokesman said at a news conference the girl would not be charged due to her age.
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