Kindergartner Handcuffed and Jailed for Throwing a Temper Tantrum

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 24th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2z59wav3/
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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.

Link:
Misbehave in a Texas Public School and You May go to Jail

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Val Mills
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Oh my, when I read some of your stories Steve, I wonder what your country is coming to.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Apr 2012 (#)

I do too. Thanks for commenting Val.

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author avatar Buzz
24th Apr 2012 (#)

I echo Val's comment, Steve. This is not America I know. Such cruelty doesn't, or hasn't happened, in worst of countries I know, mine.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Apr 2012 (#)

I don't want to disappoint you Buzz, but his kind of stuff has been going on in America for 200 years.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Awful.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Apr 2012 (#)

oh dear another instance of man's inhumanity to man...a thank you Steve...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Children in jail, is a news in the West, but countries like Bangladesh, its nothing unusual, where human rights are rulers properties.
Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you for your comment Md. I appreciate it.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
25th Apr 2012 (#)

OMG ... just unbeleivable

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Apr 2012 (#)

That's all you can say. Thanks for commenting 1Faithmorgan.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Apr 2012 (#)

When children see such behavior everywhere, they take it as par for the course. But to treat them like criminals is beyond reason. Thanks for bringing up these to the open, Steve - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Siva.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
25th Apr 2012 (#)

At least two people need significant help I guess they are not getting. 1) the kid (and probably the kid's parents), and 2) the "teacher."

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Apr 2012 (#)

And maybe the cop who cuffed her.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
26th Apr 2012 (#)

.... yes, the officer needs more help than he is probably aware of ....

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
14th May 2012 (#)

I brought a policewoman to my home when my daughter was staying out late and she needed to hear true facts. Yes, that was beneficial but nobody gains on this event, except the parents who might consider a lawsuit.























Nobody wins in this event, except perhaps the parents who might attempt a lawsuit.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
14th May 2012 (#)

Sorry for the big gap. I don't know what happened.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
21st Apr 2013 (#)

As my old friend often said ' There's nothing as queer as folks ' and she was not referring to sexuality here . She was right then , and is still right today !
Bless you Steve .
Stella

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