Georgia Police Handcuff Kindergartner

Children being handcuffed has become more and more common here lately in the news.

A police chief in Milledgeville, Georgia is defending his department’s actions over the handcuffing of a six-year-old female kindergarten student after she threw a temper tantrum in class.  The family of Salecia Johnson has requested that policies be changed, but the police department holds that officers acted within department guidelines.

According to reports, Salecia was said to have torn items off the wall and threw furniture during her tantrum at Creekside Elementary School.  The police were called.  A police officer attempted to get her to calm down, but Salecia wasn’t having any of it.  So, the officer handcuffed her and took her to jail, charging her with simple assault and property damage.

The police chief said that handcuffing is a standard procedure when someone is arrested, and anyone that is transported in a police vehicle after being detained is to be restrained with their hands behind their back.  There is no age limit in effect for this.  The girl’s mother arrived at the police station to find her child sitting in a holding cell.  Salecia complained that the handcuffs were really tight and hurt her wrists.

Common Sense Conspiracy gauged the situation, and we were particularly interested in comments on the story on other sites.  There are two distinct schools of thought here.  Some adamantly insist that there is no reason to ever place handcuffs on a six-year-old child, no matter what the problem is.  Others say that this could be a valuable lesson, and maybe the girl will learn to respect authority from the incident.  What do you think?
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2 thoughts on “Georgia Police Handcuff Kindergartner”

  1. This child spent at least 5 years at home prior to school. She spends less than a third of a 24 hour day five days a week at school, not to mention weekends; behavior was learned at home. Educators are charged with teaching and providing a learning environment. They are not referees. Kids say all the time, “you ain’t my mama”. Schools really don’t know what to do sometimes when children are out of control. They can be sued if they restrain and leave bruises even if trained because that happens or if they don’t restrain and allow a child to hurt themselves or someone else. So calling police makes it safer for everyone involved. Educators teach, however students are coming to school younger and younger with problems unimaginable, so before passing blame spend a week in several schools. Educators are asked to teach things that have previously been taught at home like morals, values, respect, character education, physical and healthy living, conflict resolution, community service roles, and etc. Most parents do what they are supposed to, but the ones who don’t, have the disruptive children who receive the loudest attention because they are the most disruptive. Bring up a child right and they become productive human beings. Taxpayers beware, you’ll pay for the furniture and the principal’s injuries and the child’s room/board at lockup.This was not a first time incident. I guarantee it. It has happened to me numerous times by Kindergarteners who are very strong when out of control. I did not call police, but I was kicked and bruised while trying to restrain appropriately as were several adults. Phone contacts are not always up to date or caller ID is used if contacts don’t want to be bothered by the school.

  2. I do feel better knowing that the police did what they are supposed to do. How about instead of complaining, the people who don’t believe this was the correct outcome come up with a solution. Other than “hug” the child, nobody has made any recommendations.

    For those who believe the police shouldn’t have handcuffed this student, have you ever tried to stop a child throwing a fit? If so, tell me how you handled it.

    Susan, don’t forget that the mother didn’t answer the phone because she was out of cell phone minutes!! What a Mom!!

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