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Police handcuff 6-year-old after school tantrum. Right or wrong?

KoAm 2012/04/17 13:29:44
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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum, and the police chief is making no apologies.

WMAZ-TV
(http://on.wmaz.com/I0ZrNE ) reports the 6-year-old is accused of
tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture at school in the
central Georgia city of Milledgeville. The police report says the girl
knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.

The elementary school
called police after the Friday tantrum. The report says when an officer
tried to calm the child, she resisted and was handcuffed. The girl was
charged with simple assault and damage to property.

Police Chief Dray Swicord says the department's policy is to handcuff people in certain situations, and "there is no age discrimination on that rule."

The child was suspended from school until August.

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  • Dee4mee 2012/04/17 14:16:07
    Right.
    Dee4mee
    +7
    Sounds like she was out of control. It was probably best to restrain her so that she didn't injure herself. Obviously there is something going on with her, hope she gets some therapy. Kudos to the cop for following procedure!

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  • layla.geldhof 2012/04/22 23:38:53
    Wrong.
    layla.geldhof
    This is child abuse and very traumatic for a small child also the uniform and the gun !!
  • PeaceLoveHappiness 2012/04/21 15:40:45
    Right.
    PeaceLoveHappiness
    Way too late for parents to discipline their brat. That kid learned the hard way that society will not put up with that kind of nonsense.
  • CaliGurl 2012/04/21 08:34:03
    Wrong.
    CaliGurl
    A straight jacket would have been more appropriate. Handcuffs hurt.
  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/04/21 07:29:07
    Wrong.
    NarcolepticGoat
    +1
    The school officials are not competent enough to handle a six year old child.

    The police were too scared of a six year old child.

    The parents did not do too good a job.

    The child needs to be evaluated by a professional. (one actually qualified to deal a six year old)
  • Peewee ~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/21 03:34:51
    Right.
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    School personnel cannot restrain or even touch a child. They were right to call the police and let them take care of it or parents would have sued the school system. She was out of control and putting herself and others at risk. This kid has some serious problems and I really hope the school or court require family counseling.
  • cherryphi 2012/04/18 15:36:50
    Wrong.
    cherryphi
    Epic fail. Handcuffing a 6 year old and charging her with assault & property damage for tearing stuff off the walls and throwing "furniture"? With reasoning like this I should have been on death row by the time I was 12. This is the result of adults taking out their own failure on a child.
  • Peewee ... cherryphi 2012/04/21 03:40:23
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    Tearing stuff off the walls and throwing furniture NOT normal behavior. This family has problems. I don't tolerate tantrums well either.
  • cherryphi Peewee ... 2012/04/22 00:25:19
    cherryphi
    Where did I say it was normal behavior or that this family DOESN'T have problems? Not tolerating tantrums well does not justify handcuffing a six-year-old.
  • Peewee ... cherryphi 2012/04/22 15:48:57
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    Sometimes it takes something drastic to get someone's attention. The little girl was not hurt, unlike the principal.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/04/18 05:11:46
  • Peewee ... rustysh... 2012/04/21 03:40:48
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    Not if she's that bad at age 6, geesh!
  • SoCal71 2012/04/18 02:31:39 (edited)
    Right.
    SoCal71
    Tough call ... but a right one. The school system and the police department are not babysitters for incorrigible children. I'm sure there are state run institutions for children with violent behavior that are perfect for this child. Sorry but one bad apple should NEVER spoil the bunch at any school. She should be expelled for her behavior and the parents should be cited/charged for the damages.

    We need to stop this liberal mentality that it's OK to do bad things without holding people accountable for them.
  • Freeranger 2012/04/18 02:08:43
    Right.
    Freeranger
    +1
    Given the behavior......train up a child
  • imiejdoggydog 2012/04/18 00:05:28
    Wrong.
    imiejdoggydog
    strong wrong..
    should be the parents
  • Catch224u 2012/04/17 22:25:24
    Wrong.
    Catch224u
    +1
    A keen switch would solve the problem.
  • ♥Heather Marie Crowe♥ 2012/04/17 21:16:00
    Wrong.
    ♥Heather Marie Crowe♥
    +2
    That's just down right wrong. she just needs her ass beat
  • BackWoodsMike 2012/04/17 21:08:25
    Wrong.
    BackWoodsMike
    Although (at least in Tennessee) it is completely legal for a Law Enforcement Officer to take a juvenile into custody (cuff or restraint), I believe these Officers went overboard. I may be 66 years old, but I'm 6ft, 240 lbs, and believe that I would not have a hard time getting the child in the back of my cruiser (for the trip to Juvenile Services) without putting cuffs on her.
    - - -
    From the State of Tennessee...

    “JUVENILE JUSTICE
    You can be arrested or taken into custody for:

    1. Delinquent offenses: acts that would be crimes if
    committed by adults (traffic violations, theft,
    assault, disorderly conduct, vandalism, etc.);

    2. Status offenses: acts that are against the law only
    for minors (drinking alcohol, using tobacco, curfew
    violation, skipping school, running away,
    being unruly, etc.);

    3. Being dependent, neglected or abused: you can
    be taken from your home if your health or safety
    is seriously threatened or if there is a chance you
    may leave town to get away from the court. You
    can only be taken away from home if there is no
    other way to keep you safe”

    http://www.tennessee.gov/tccy...
    - - -

    There was only one juvenile that I cuffed in my years of Law Enforcement, and that was a 14 year old male who attacked his Mother with a screwdriver.

    I not only believe the Pol...



    Although (at least in Tennessee) it is completely legal for a Law Enforcement Officer to take a juvenile into custody (cuff or restraint), I believe these Officers went overboard. I may be 66 years old, but I'm 6ft, 240 lbs, and believe that I would not have a hard time getting the child in the back of my cruiser (for the trip to Juvenile Services) without putting cuffs on her.
    - - -
    From the State of Tennessee...

    “JUVENILE JUSTICE
    You can be arrested or taken into custody for:

    1. Delinquent offenses: acts that would be crimes if
    committed by adults (traffic violations, theft,
    assault, disorderly conduct, vandalism, etc.);

    2. Status offenses: acts that are against the law only
    for minors (drinking alcohol, using tobacco, curfew
    violation, skipping school, running away,
    being unruly, etc.);

    3. Being dependent, neglected or abused: you can
    be taken from your home if your health or safety
    is seriously threatened or if there is a chance you
    may leave town to get away from the court. You
    can only be taken away from home if there is no
    other way to keep you safe”

    http://www.tennessee.gov/tccy...
    - - -

    There was only one juvenile that I cuffed in my years of Law Enforcement, and that was a 14 year old male who attacked his Mother with a screwdriver.

    I not only believe the Police were wrong in this case, I believe that when they brought the child in, they should have been the laughing stock of their Department.

    PS: These are my cuffs... how the heck did they get them on that child without them falling off?

    cuffsize
    (more)
  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/04/17 20:21:19
    Wrong.
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    When did it become the police's job to babysit children at school? It's the parent's and the school's job, and a more of a civil matter than criminal. Can adults at the school be so incompetent that they require law enforcement to control a 6 year old child?

    Police should be on the streets, preventing and/or cleaning up after real crimes. They shouldnt be babysitting.
  • Peewee ... Dan ☮ R... 2012/04/21 03:42:43
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    If the school would have laid a finger on her, the parents would sue thier butts off. That's why they let the police do the dirty work.
  • Dan ☮ R... Peewee ... 2012/04/22 03:58:33
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    So now we make police babysitters? How about we be men and draw the line in the sand, rather than make excuses for doing the wrong thing?
  • Peewee ... Dan ☮ R... 2012/04/22 15:50:42
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    I understand your point, and it starts with the parents. But try to understand why it went down like that. Police have way better things to do.
  • john Kills 2012/04/17 19:29:18
    Wrong.
    john Kills
    It might be time for people to start honing their sniper skills.
  • BackWoo... john Kills 2012/04/17 21:11:06
    BackWoodsMike
    Explanation please...
  • gvc 2012/04/17 19:19:01
    Right.
    gvc
    +1
    Good, she deserved exactly what she got.
    Hopefully that day will be engrained into her memory and the next time she throws a fit she will remember the consequences of her last meltdown, and choose a more acceptable response to disappointment or anger.
  • Pdavid 2012/04/17 18:59:51
    Depends / not sure.
    Pdavid
    +2
    This girl sounds like a problem, someone needs to intercede and find out why she's acting out so violently.
  • jimih67 2012/04/17 18:52:43
    Right.
    jimih67
    +2
    The cops were doing their job.
    The school was doing its job.
    Apparently, these parents weren't.
  • Lanikai jimih67 2012/04/17 18:58:08
    Lanikai
    +1
    EXACTLY.
  • jeane jimih67 2012/04/17 19:09:56
    jeane
    If they did they would probably be arrested.

    "He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24) and "Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell." (Proverbs 23:13-14)
  • jeane jimih67 2012/04/17 19:12:06
    jeane
    "He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24) and "Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell." (Proverbs 23:13-14)
  • Matilda Walton 2012/04/17 18:35:22
    Depends / not sure.
    Matilda Walton
    WELL, THE "LAW IS BEING SEVERELY ENFORCED IN TODAY'S WORLD, WITHOUT

    ANY REGARD TO THE PERSON'S AGE OR GENDER"........NOT TO LONG AGO, A

    "SMALL CHILD AND HER PARENTS WERE KICKED OFF OF AN AIRPLANE FLIGHT,

    BECAUSE THEIR CHILD THREW A TEMPER TANTRUM".......AND IT'S GOING TO GET

    WORSE.......2 TIMOTHY 3:1-8, ROMANS 13:1-8

    "THE LAW IS NOT ABOUT LOVE AND COMPASSION...........THE LAW IS ABOUT,

    HANDCUFFS, GUNS, BLOODSHED, AND TAKING A PERSON TO JAIL OR SENDING

    THEM TO PRISON, AND THAT IS WHAT THE LAW IS ABOUT".
  • Lanikai 2012/04/17 18:32:04
    Right.
    Lanikai
    +2
    This out of control BEAST child deserved handcuffs, and the police ONLY used them because destructo-child was tearing up school property and endangering others with her tantrum. They only had them on for a short time, last I checked, ALL people throwing fits are subject to be handcuffed.

    GOOD for that police chief in not backing down. MAYBE folks will learn to control their beasts, and the REST of the world won't have to deal with them
  • Mack 2012/04/17 17:57:18
    Right.
    Mack
    +4
    Considering that nowadays teachers can't do anything to kids without fear of litigation, they did the right thing. The cop also did the right thing. He didn't shoot her, he didn't beat her, he didn't spray her, he didn't taze her. How else are you going to restrain a person so that they stop becoming a hazard to themselves and others? Personally, I hold the parents accountable and responsible. You PC people are ridiculous.
  • Lanikai Mack 2012/04/17 18:34:01
    Lanikai
    +2
    I would tell those parents to clean up her mess, AND pay for the damages.
  • Allie 2012/04/17 17:51:47
    Right.
    Allie
    +1
    even tho it prolly sounds bad what they did was prolly for the best. if that was the only way they could calm her down and get her under control so that she didnt hurt any of the other kids then thats what needed to be done. protecting the other students should always come first and it doesnt sound like they injured the girl with putting them on
  • Selketskiss 2012/04/17 17:34:37 (edited)
    Right.
    Selketskiss
    +3
    Some think it is wrong to handcuff a child at this age but I say it is right. This is not the good old days when kids behaved better or were scared to go to the office. These kids today think nothing of cussing you out, hitting you, picking up scissors and trying to stab you with them or trying to jab a pencil into you. Some act just like wild little animals...
  • YouSirName 2012/04/17 17:14:02
    Wrong.
    YouSirName
    +1
    I don't care what a 6 year old is doing. It is wrong to handcuff this age child. I suppose if the policy is to strip search all detainees, that would be OK as well? Do we just follow rules because they are rules. How about a little independent judgment.
  • Lanikai YouSirName 2012/04/17 18:35:19
    Lanikai
    +3
    That "child" was tossing furniture and tearing the decor off the walls, she was a threat to herself and others, if the police had tried to restrain her without cuffs, she may have ended up with a bruise or worse, handcuffs are the safest detention method.
  • jimih67 Lanikai 2012/04/17 18:50:55
    jimih67
    +3
    Not to mention, if an adult grabs a child nowadays, the child can claim a number of things. Better to let the police handle it.
  • YouSirName Lanikai 2012/04/17 23:12:29
    YouSirName
    A 6 year old without a weapon is a threat. LOL. Come on.
  • Lanikai YouSirName 2012/04/18 14:48:35
    Lanikai
    +1
    Once again, did you read what that beast did?

    School officials told WMAZ that they feared the child was a danger to herself and others. She was crying, tearing items off the wall, biting a door knob, trying to break a glass frame and jumping on top of a paper shredder. At one point, she reportedly knocked over a shelf, injuring the school principal, according to the Associated Press.

    The officer's police report says Johnson began tearing items off the school principal's office walls and was throwing furniture. The report says Johnson knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.
    Johnson also was reportedly biting a doorknob and attempting to break a glass frame while jumping on top of a paper shredder.

    She also hit and shoved other students and threw objects at them, refused to comply with the requests that she sit down, and calm down, and even swung at the officers as they tried to restrain her for her own protection.

    Imagine if she had picked up scissors.


    Where does her right to be a heathen end? And what about the other 25 plus students she terrorized and traumatized?

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