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?