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.