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Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum – Yahoo! News

Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum – Yahoo! News.

A 6-year old kindergarten student went ape-shit at school last Friday.  Her tantrum included tearing items off the walls, throwing furniture, and knocking over a shelf that injured the principal.

The school couldn’t calm her down so they called the police.  The officer that responded couldn’t calm the girl down, so they handcuffed her and took her to jail.

Thank goodness.  Children should not be allowed to misbehave with impunity.

The girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property.

The family is upset about the girl being arrested and handcuffed, however.  They believe that the policy should be changed so that no other child is ever handcuffed and placed in a prison cell (she was in a cell by herself).  They claim the little girl was “shaken up” and complaining about how tight the cuffs were when they arrived to pick her up.

Well, that’s the idea.  Going to prison or jail is supposed to make you realize that there are consequences for your actions.  If your child doesn’t like how tight the handcuffs are then teach them not to get arrested.

I have an idea.  Instead of charging off into some foolish crusade to have this law changed, why don’t you use this as a teaching moment for your child?  Let her know that this is what happens when you assault people and/or damage other people’s property.  Let her know that the police acted correctly (how often can you say that?) and that if she does it again she’ll be arrested again.  Try teaching her right from wrong instead of trying to shield her from the consequences of her actions.

The police chief defended the officer’s actions and quoted department policy that says that any detainee transported to the station is to be handcuffed, no matter what age the detainee is.  Good for him.

I applaud the officer and the police chief for doing what’s right and for not backing down.  Children are not immune from following the law just because they’re minors.

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5 thoughts on “Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum – Yahoo! News

  1. OK, so there was more to it. However, I wuld be there is still more to it than this. I doubt this was the first time somethinig had happened with this kid — unless she became psychotic. The punishment is extreme in my view.

    Teachers and administrators are way too willing to call security, which in my view, usually escalates. Of course I am talking as a person whose kid went to very safe schools. There are different sides, but teachers used to help kids learn how to deal with situations. Now they are pushed off on others who have very different roles in society.

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    Posted by Elyse | April 17, 2012, 1:15 pm
    • Well, unfortunately, if a kid goes on a rampage like that there’s not much teachers can do. Back in the day teachers were allowed to corral a kid in who was behaving like this and were even allowed to spank them if need be.

      Teachers are not allowed to touch students nowadays and calling security or the police is the only course of action they have.

      I don’t want to get into the details much, but I do have experience with a child that acted out physically such as this girl did and the police told us whenever it happened to call them as if we were to somehow hurt the child when trying to subdue him it could be construed as child abuse.

      Its sad, but that’s what it has come to. Kids always have a threat against their parents or guardians by saying that they can file abuse charges on them. I know that first-hand, too, as my (ex) step-children used to lie to their teachers about things that happened at home. One of them told a social worker that her mother broke her arm. That girl has never had a broken bone in her life.

      Too much power is given to children these days. I don’t think the punishment was harsh. She was treated the same way you or I would have been treated had we done the same thing. Sometimes it takes something extreme to wake us up to what we’ve done.

      This girl’s parents should be explaining to her that when you act like she did that this is what will happen.

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      Posted by twindaddy | April 17, 2012, 1:35 pm
  2. This is the first I am hearing of this, but if a child or person is behaving in this way, sometimes restraints of some kind are necessary to reduce/prevent injury to oneself and others, not to mention property damage. It sounds like that girl needs some counseling or more.

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    Posted by Lorre | April 18, 2012, 7:05 pm
  3. When a humanzee goes crazy what else can you do? This kid just chimped out. They should have tazed her first.

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    Posted by Rosetta Thompson | April 18, 2012, 10:20 pm

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