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Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum
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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.
(AP) — Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action.

The girl's family demanded Tuesday that this central Georgia city change policy so that other children aren't treated the same way. They say the child was shaken up by being put in a cell at the police station.

Salecia Johnson, 6, was accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture in an outburst Friday at Creekside Elementary School, Macon television station WMAZ-TV(http://on.wmaz.com/HPb7nr ) reported. Police said the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.

The school called police. The police report says when an officer tried to calm the child in the principal's office, 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.

"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 age discrimination on that rule," Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicordtold WMAZ.

The girl's aunt, Candace Ruff, went with the child's mother to pick her up from the police station. She Salecia was by herself in a holding cell and complained about the handcuffs.

"She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists," Ruff told the Associated Press. "She was so shaken up when we went there to pick her up."

Officials at Creekside Elementary did not immediately return calls Tuesday.

"We would not like to see this happen to another child, because it's horrifying. It's devastating," Ruff said.

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  • Sheila 2012/04/17 14:50:47
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    When you remove corporal punishment there are far fewer logical options to use to control a child. This would not have happened in the "olden days" (when I was in school) due to fear of a whoopin BOTH at school AND at home.

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  • beachbum HAlex1972 2012/04/17 16:48:55
    beachbum
    +1
    I don't disagree.......either there is bad parenting, or maybe some kind of chemical imbalance, but it needs to be addressed. I sure would not want my child to be in a classroom with another child who could get so out of control she is throwing furniture, etc.
  • fluer HAlex1972 2012/04/17 19:27:32
    fluer
    do it without using your hands my friend or touching her that is where we are in the educational system these days due to so many lawsuits.
  • HAlex1972 fluer 2012/04/17 22:06:01
    HAlex1972
    +1
    The judges need to throw such lawsuits out. The school needs to be allowed to have some control over the students to maintain reasonable order. The parents need to get over their whining. The police don't need to be involved unless there is a genuine weapon present.
  • fluer HAlex1972 2012/04/18 03:50:28
    fluer
    +1
    Oh I agree completely, but we have to operate in the society we are in and that includes all the things you say should not be here.
  • HAlex1972 fluer 2012/04/18 06:35:11
    HAlex1972
    +1
    Yep, you're right. Just aggravates me that the police are called because I'm not happy with the way that handle things anymore. They're no longer peaceful in the way they handle things, more like stormtroopers now and I just don't feel comfortable with exposing kids to them. I used to trust the police and hold them in such high esteem, but that respect is gone now. I think we need to find another way to deal with troubled kids.
  • fluer HAlex1972 2012/04/18 11:02:13
    fluer
    +1
    I agree we do need another way. But I can tell you there is not enough money in the world to make me even consider being a policeperson. What they go through and the depravity they deal with it is amazing they remain sane.
  • Deborah... HAlex1972 2012/04/17 20:46:50
    DeborahLakeHelen
    Well maybe if your a man who is 6' and 200+ pounds.....
  • HAlex1972 Deborah... 2012/04/17 22:04:34
    HAlex1972
    Nah, I don't think I would need to be 200 lbs. to restrain a 6 year-old.
  • Deborah... HAlex1972 2012/04/17 22:46:43
    DeborahLakeHelen
    Do you have kids, or have you ever even been around kids?
  • HAlex1972 Deborah... 2012/04/17 23:09:47
    HAlex1972
    Yes, and yes. And I've been around some very unruly kids, who I've had to restrain until they calmed down, and did not have a problem with the parents because they had to do the same at some point.
  • Deborah... HAlex1972 2012/04/17 23:14:59
    DeborahLakeHelen
    Okay, so you must understand that not everyone may be as strong (or brave!) as you are. I've seen some 5 and 6 year old kids who nearly out weighed me.
  • HAlex1972 Deborah... 2012/04/18 00:50:46
    HAlex1972
    +1
    What's wrong with their parents if their kids weigh more than an adult? I mean how much are they feeding them? That being said, I've seen some 10 year olds that are pretty hefty. They might be a bit more difficult to restrain. The big question is what is making these kids go spastic like this? I do not ever recall any child going that crazy when I was in elementary school. I do remember a kid when I was in 7th grade, however, that tried to challenge my science teacher who was one of the smallest teachers in the school. She put him down like she was a black belt. Man was she pissed off! The smartmouth kid was in tears when she got through with him. I couldn't believe he actually tried to put his hands on her. That was such an unheard of thing in those days - disrespecting your elders. I still don't do it today.
  • Deborah... HAlex1972 2012/04/18 18:04:12
    DeborahLakeHelen
    +1
    I agree that discipline starts at home, including what children eat. I don't remember ever seeing that kind of outrageous behavior when I was a kid, but I have witnessed it as a teacher. (not kids in my classes) I've seen a 5 year old who weighed 100 pounds lift up a lunchroom table and flip it over, in an uncontrollable fit of rage. Another kid who destroyed his classroom, and then ran OFF campus. Deputies had to pick his little azz up. Some kids are really strong for their ages, and some are just plain fat; either can be a problem.

    kid with muscles fat kid
  • Deborah... beachbum 2012/04/17 20:45:51
    DeborahLakeHelen
    +1
    Some kids are much stronger than others,and when they get out of control they can be dangerous.
  • beachbum Deborah... 2012/04/17 21:24:05
    beachbum
    +1
    Oh, yeah.
  • fluer HAlex1972 2012/04/17 19:26:33
    fluer
    +1
    Nope try to put your hand on a child and you get sued and your certification gets tagged over it. The rule is if you cannot talk them down call for assistance.
  • HAlex1972 fluer 2012/04/17 22:08:15
    HAlex1972
    Yeah, I guess you're right. Makes sense. Letting the police handle it where they taze a child is so much better. Parents are really making some headway here, aren't they.
  • Deborah... HAlex1972 2012/04/17 20:44:36
    DeborahLakeHelen
    It depends on how big the kid is, and just how out of control they are. I've taught K-4, and sometimes those kids can be pretty big. If that little rascal is big enough to start hurling furniture at you, that can get really dangerous really quickly.
  • Maria 2012/04/17 15:12:03
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    Maria
    +2
    This child thinks like an adult? come on...whatever her parents need to learn how to discipline their daughter ...concept like dogs bites what do you expect? take them to pound to put asleep..the consequence..this small child need some type of training like have you heard of dog whisper well where is human whisper???? call nanny on T.V. show to training this child..
    this child shouldn't be throwing tantrum ...what about the rest of her classroom do they follow her like that? doubt it..
  • FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX 2012/04/17 14:55:10
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    +6
    The nuns in the Catholic School I went to had straight-jackets in 8-Year-Old size and they enjoyed using them.
  • Deborah... FAWKES'... 2012/04/17 15:18:34
    DeborahLakeHelen
    +3
    Dang....

    scared baby
  • fluer FAWKES'... 2012/04/17 19:30:50
    fluer
    +1
    The nuns at my elementary school had boxes about 18x24x2 full of dried beans and rice and if you were bad you got to kneel in them for 15 minutes then 30 minutes then an hour. I never knew anyone who got the boxes for over an hour and I went to that school from Kinder through 8th grade.
  • FAWKES'... fluer 2012/04/17 22:31:46
    FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX
    YES!! OMG I remember that now. Thanks for the emotional damage. lol
  • Sheila 2012/04/17 14:50:47
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    Sheila
    +9
    When you remove corporal punishment there are far fewer logical options to use to control a child. This would not have happened in the "olden days" (when I was in school) due to fear of a whoopin BOTH at school AND at home.
  • Deborah... Sheila 2012/04/17 15:20:01
    DeborahLakeHelen
    +5
    I agree with you 100%! NOT getting spanked is exactly what's wrong with kids today
  • HAlex1972 Sheila 2012/04/17 15:55:21 (edited)
    HAlex1972
    +2
    Right on. They used to have "the paddle" at my school.
  • Sheila HAlex1972 2012/04/17 16:12:06
    Sheila
    +2
    LOL, and we FEARED the paddle! It worked.
  • Farnsworth 2012/04/17 14:49:49
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    Farnsworth
    +4
    [...]



    "We would not like to see this happen to another child, because it's horrifying. It's devastating," Ruff said.



    How about teaching the kid to behave?
  • Sheila Farnsworth 2012/04/17 14:51:18
    Sheila
    +3
    Amen!!!
  • Farnsworth Sheila 2012/04/17 15:39:39
    Farnsworth
    +3
    Years back I was at a school where the principal and assistant principal had to drag a kid down the hall because he refused to walk after refusing to leave class after disrupting it.

    The child of course was, well you know.....nuff said
  • Assassi... Farnsworth 2012/04/17 15:50:57
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +3
    Right, cause white kids never act up in school or do bad things....

    Does this kid look familiar?

    white kids act school kid familiar

    Massacred 16 kids.

    Or how about this kid: white kids act school kid familiar massacred 16 kids kid
    Columbine Ring a bell?

    Would that be considered "TWB"
  • Farnsworth Assassi... 2012/04/17 15:56:54
    Farnsworth
    +2
    actually yes. mass shooting like this tend to be associated with whites, just as serial killers tend to be white. Facts are facts and trends are trends can't argue with the truth



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  • Assassi... Farnsworth 2012/04/17 15:59:34
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +5
    I won't respond on any more of your comments with such a racial slur used against children. Good day.
  • Farnsworth Assassi... 2012/04/17 18:30:59
    Farnsworth
    +1
    Sorry that me calling it like I see it makes you angry at me. But I draw this for the exeriences I have.
  • Assassi... Farnsworth 2012/04/17 18:36:03
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +3
    I find it offenseve that a grown man would call a little 5 year old a Ni**er. Period.

    Pick on someone your own size.
  • Assassi... Farnsworth 2012/04/17 15:54:54
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +2
    This happened in February.

    Killed 3 injured 6. "TWB"?
  • Farnsworth Assassi... 2012/04/17 15:57:32
    Farnsworth
    +2
    see my other reply
  • Sheila Farnsworth 2012/04/17 16:13:02
    Sheila
    Gee, I figured you meant you. Assassin figured your motives differently. Out of curiosity who was right?
  • Assassi... Sheila 2012/04/17 16:22:17
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +3
    Do you know what TNB is?
  • Sheila Assassi... 2012/04/18 20:02:50
    Sheila
    No.

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