Kindergartner Handcuffed and Jailed for Throwing a Temper Tantrum
When a kid in kindergarten throws a temper tantrum, there must be a better way to handle it than to throw her in jail.
Better behave or it's jail for you, kid
In Millegeville, Georgia, at the Creekside Elementary School, six year old Salecia Johnson threw a temper tantrum in her kindergarten class on April 13th, tearing items off the wall and tipping over a desk, and to deal with her indiscretion the school's principal called the cops. When police arrived, Salecia, according to their report, resisted their efforts to calm her, so they handcuffed her and took her to jail, where she languished in a cell, charged with battery and resisting arrest, until her parents arrived. Although charges were almost immediately dropped, Salecia now has an arrest record which will follow her to adulthood.
Salecia's mother, Constance Johnson, reports that "Salecia has been traumatized by this experience. She's afraid to return to school and recently woke up in the middle of the night saying 'they are coming to get me.'" Constance says she keeps looking for answers but she isn't getting them.
Police Chief Dray Swicord says "Our policy states that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back and there is no discrimination on that rule." Yes folks, he really said that. As for me, I think Chief Swicord must have left all his common sense back at the station that day.
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