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Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum
Yahoo News ^ | April 17, 2011 | AP

Posted on 04/17/2012 7:22:38 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy

Edited on 04/17/2012 8:23:20 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: crime; handcuffs; kindergarten; oldnews; rerun
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To: unixfox

Should a big bald guy named Bubba be in the cell to make them his b@#$? Or, if there are more than one kid in the holding cell, do they get to choose a Bubba and he picks the kid he wants to bend over? This is getting weird.

41 posted on 04/17/2012 7:54:00 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Obviously this shows what happens to children that are not handcuffed at the age of 6.

42 posted on 04/17/2012 7:56:05 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: samiam1972

I dunno what is going on... back in my day if a kid hit a teacher, they were permanently expelled...

43 posted on 04/17/2012 7:56:22 AM PDT by joe fonebone (If you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil.)
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To: IbJensen

It works in the Himalayas. But how would Jesse Jackson marry the mothers of his own love kids? Would he convert to Mormonism and secretly make them honest women in illegal bigamous marriage ceremonies?

44 posted on 04/17/2012 7:57:01 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Kevin in California

I think it was breaking news about a year ago.

45 posted on 04/17/2012 7:57:41 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

“She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists,”

That seems unlikely.

46 posted on 04/17/2012 7:58:24 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: Thank You Rush
What law was broken by an unruly child?

From the Article:

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 ( ) reported.

Police said the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.

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.

Or, do you believe such behavior should be excused simply on the basis of age?

47 posted on 04/17/2012 7:58:27 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Thank You Rush
“What law was broken by an unruly child?

From the article, she was charged with destruction of public property and assault (on the principal). I agree completely that we have criminalized behavior by children (including teenagers) that a couple of generations ago would have been handled privately by teachers, parents or neighbors. The problem is that teachers are forbidden to use physical means to enforce discipline, many parents are AWOL, and neighbors don't get involved for fear of criminal charges or civil lawsuits. What would you have done if faced with this situation?

“The school ought to be able to handle discipline without becoming physical. I wouldn’t have a problem with physical discipline myself but we all know that’s been taken out of the hands of school administrators.”

According to my father-in-law, who designs schools for most of the metro Atlanta school boards, the padded “quiet rooms” where unruly children were once placed have been phased out. So, the teachers can't discipline them and the administrators can't separate them from the other students until they calm down. Again, what would you have done?

48 posted on 04/17/2012 7:58:38 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: hitchwolf

Not in the school I went to. If you had behaved that way, you may not have been handcuffed, but you would have been forcibly restrained and had some serious punishment.

Hitting a teacher in the face? Doesn’t matter to me what color you are, you’re gone from any school trying to educate decent kids.

The behavior described is evidence of incompetent parents and a child out of control - calling the police is probably a more appropriate response in this day and age than how my principal would have responded back in the day.

The police and the cuffs were not prompted by her color, but by her actions, and her actions have no color.

49 posted on 04/17/2012 8:00:04 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: Eleutheria5

Jesse walks around in a cloud. He probably thinks he was the only one that scored.

50 posted on 04/17/2012 8:00:14 AM PDT by IbJensen (We now have a government requiring citizens prove they are insured but not that they are citizens.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy
I think we all did. I am sure the actions of this kid occur every day in thousands of elementary schools all across the country.

I don't know about that.

When I was a kid, I can think of a good handful of fights in HS or Jr. High (real ones, not just teenaged chest thumping) where kids got bloody noses, or stuff was broken.

But in elementary school? With furniture being thrown, or the principal being hit with a shelf? No way. I might have blocked it out over the years, but I don't remember even hearing about something like that. Jeez, I can see my kids as 6 year olds having tantrums (heck, I HAVE seen it!) but them getting really destructive? And in the principal's office, to boot? No way.

Someone earlier on the thread asked where her father was. Good question, IMHO. Another really good one is why a number of adults (I'm thinking teacher, principal, some other school admins, and at least one cop) can't figure out a way to safely restrain a 6 year old girl without tossing her in lockup. That's a question I'd like to get answered - what caused that response? Were all of the adults that helpless, or was the girl that irrational and out of control?

51 posted on 04/17/2012 8:01:24 AM PDT by wbill
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To: hitchwolf
So, you know, I probably could have punched the teacher in the face and nothing would have happened to me.

Well if someone did that when I was in school they would be in trouble for sure. Assault should not be tolerated. Failure to disciple this child is what allows her to think she can get away with it. Obviously the parent will not do anything to her. If me or my siblings had done anything like this, the school or police would have been the least of our worries. Mom and Dad would be so much worse.

Hopefully this experience will end the destructive path the child was heading down. Destruction of property and injuring someone is not acceptable.

52 posted on 04/17/2012 8:01:43 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: riverdawg

This tantrum happened in the principal’s office, not in a class room.

53 posted on 04/17/2012 8:01:48 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: unixfox

“Maybe they should REQUIRE holding cells in ALL the schools.”

Many schools in Georgia once had padded “quiet rooms” for just this kind of situation, but it is my understanding that these rooms have been eliminated.

54 posted on 04/17/2012 8:01:59 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Upstate NY Guy

What is your problem here?

Why did you put this in Breaking News? Why post that picture with a sympathetic caption?

55 posted on 04/17/2012 8:02:14 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

are we sure he’s really 6 years old, and that’s not just the MSM’s narrative? :)

56 posted on 04/17/2012 8:02:57 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: wbill
If it were my child, I would not be angry at the cop. I would be embarrassed at my failure as a parent

Dats 'cuz you racis.

57 posted on 04/17/2012 8:04:14 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1/21/2009)
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To: hitchwolf

I would not think it OK for my child to behave that way. It wouldn’t happen, because she would learn some respect, restraint and responsibility long before she went to school.

And yes, if my child were behaving so out of control, I might well call the police myself to try to instill some sense of appropriate behavior in her young mind.

But - parents who raise children who behave like that are always up in arms when someone else has to deal with what they’ve produced.

58 posted on 04/17/2012 8:04:48 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: ladyjane
Parents would then claim sexual assault

Good point.

Another poster said that the school systems are phasing out the "rubber rooms" where the really unruly kids get tossed until they calm down. (I remember one in my school. It didn't get much use, as I recall)

Sez Me, when the best and safest punishments are taken away, cops and handcuffs start looking like a viable alternative. Especially if the school admins are dim bulbs anyway and don't have much to work with, to begin with.

59 posted on 04/17/2012 8:06:58 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Upstate NY Guy; hitchwolf
I did the exact same things this article describes she did when I was her age, and funny how I was never cuffed and imprisoned for it.

Of course. I think we all did.

Well I sure didn't and neither did either of my now grown children.

60 posted on 04/17/2012 8:07:15 AM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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