Georgia Kindergartner Handcuffed, Arrested for Temper Tantrum

By:  Michael Tennant
04/18/2012
       
Georgia Kindergartner Handcuffed, Arrested for Temper Tantrum

A Georgia kindergarten student was handcuffed and arrested for throwing a temper tantrum in school on Friday, Macon’s WMAZ-TV reports.

 
 

A Georgia kindergarten student was handcuffed and arrested for throwing a temper tantrum in school on Friday, Macon’s WMAZ-TV reports.

 
Six-year-old Salecia Johnson, a student at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, allegedly knocked over a shelf, injuring the principal; bit the office door knob; jumped on the paper shredder; and tried to break a glass frame above the shredder.
 
Assuming the allegations are true, Johnson’s mother, Constance Ruff, offered up the understatement of the year when she called the incident “just one of her [Salecia's] bad days.”
 
Police were called to the scene, whereupon an officer, according to the police report, tried to calm the child but was unsuccessful. Instead, the report says, she resisted the officer and was therefore handcuffed, after which she was taken to the police station, where she was charged with simple assault and damage to property. There she was placed, still tightly handcuffed, into a holding cell, the girl's’s aunt, Candace Ruff, told the Associated Press.
 
“She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists,” Candace Ruff told the news service. “She was so shaken up when we went there to pick her up.”
 
While Johnson will not have to appear in court because of her age, she has been suspended from school until August.
 
Milledgeville’s acting police chief, Dray Swicord, defended the decision to cuff and arrest Johnson. “Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back,” he told WMAZ-TV. “There is no age discrimination on that rule.”
 
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Photo: In this April 16, 2012 image made from video and provided by WMAZ-13 TV, kindergartner Salecia Johnson, 6, is shown at her home near Milledgeville, Ga : AP Images
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