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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: wbill
“I'm wondering if she was handcuffed to avoid hurting herself.”

I'm with you. Even the Chief of Police ‘defended the action’, according to the reports.

Too bizarre otherwise methinks.

121 posted on 04/17/2012 9:08:13 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Or do you think little kids having tantrums should always be arrested?

If you'd ask me this question 15 or 20 years ago, I'd probably have said no. Today however, my answer is YES! This country is in a moral morass with deep decay in societal/public behavior. To turn this around will require severe "tough love" approaches. Perhaps the parents of these children will awaken to the severity of the problem after having to pick their child up from police custody and go through the court system.

BTW, I am a School Psychologist. In the past 15 years I've witnessed situations that would make the average person in this country drop their jaw in amazement. Behaviors are getting worse, and not just from teens and young adults. There comes a time when extreme measures must be implemented. Now is the time, before it becomes too late.

122 posted on 04/17/2012 9:08:31 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Is her name Trayvonetta?


123 posted on 04/17/2012 9:11:44 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Upstate NY Guy
Geeze...it's hard to imagine any 6 year old requiring *handcuffs*.Some kind of restraints,perhaps...but handcuffs??
124 posted on 04/17/2012 9:11:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Clearly racial profiling. The police acted stupidly. Heads will roll.


125 posted on 04/17/2012 9:12:31 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: Eaker
I surely didn't, and I don't think any of my 5 siblings did, and I know my children did not. Nor any of my nieces or nephews.
126 posted on 04/17/2012 9:13:46 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Upstate NY Guy

A large glass of ice water in the face stops a tantrum.


127 posted on 04/17/2012 9:14:43 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Menehune56
. . . They don't have no business . . . .

It's a real shame that Mr. Johnson doesn't understand what using a double negative means.

128 posted on 04/17/2012 9:14:55 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: iowamark

They use zip ties now.


129 posted on 04/17/2012 9:18:00 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: Eleutheria5

It was probably due to a zero tolerance policy and a standing rule that the police must be called in in any situation that involves violence.


130 posted on 04/17/2012 9:21:20 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: ladyjane

Exactly, this isn’t the only child in the school. The protection of the other children is of paramount importance.


131 posted on 04/17/2012 9:26:54 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: Upstate NY Guy

If they can’t handle a kindergartener, maybe they need a new line of work?


132 posted on 04/17/2012 9:27:48 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

Who says they didn’t handle this kindergartner?

From the link, and from all non knee-jerk responses on this thread, it is clear that the school and the police acted appropriately.

Obviously we all wish we didn’t live in a world where cuffing 6 year olds is natural and necessary, but we do.


133 posted on 04/17/2012 9:42:38 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: upchuck

A GROWN man can’t control a 6 yr old little girl without handcuffs?
You know when I was a kid a tantrum was ended with a pop on your seat. Now we are hancuffing little kids.

If that had been my daughter I would show him a whole new meaning of a “tantrum”.

I hate stupid.


134 posted on 04/17/2012 9:48:49 AM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: upchuck

A GROWN man can’t control a 6 yr old little girl without handcuffs?
You know when I was a kid a tantrum was ended with a pop on your seat. Now we are hancuffing little kids.

If that had been my daughter I would show him a whole new meaning of a “tantrum”.

I hate stupid.


135 posted on 04/17/2012 9:49:09 AM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: Nifster

Until I know what set off this child’s tantrum, I will not pass judgement on her actions.


136 posted on 04/17/2012 9:49:13 AM PDT by arderkrag ("WAAHH WAAAHHH SCOTUS" is no excuse to vote for Romney. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

If had done what she did what the cop’s did would be nothing compared to what my dad would do.


137 posted on 04/17/2012 9:49:25 AM PDT by the_daug
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To: presently no screen name
I go the speed I choose. It's probably good you don't live near me, I'm sure we'd butt heads over things like this.
‎"I accept any rules you think you need for yourself. I will continue to live by my own." - Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
No hard feelings, though.
138 posted on 04/17/2012 9:59:21 AM PDT by arderkrag ("WAAHH WAAAHHH SCOTUS" is no excuse to vote for Romney. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

I do think that issuing teachers nylon strip handcuffs might be acceptable. They are inexpensive, quick, effective even on small wrists, and some varieties have very high tensile strength.

With time, the teacher could teach their students a three stage warning. At the first bad behavior, they get a strap on one wrist, as a warning. At second instance, they get a strap on the other wrist, again as a warning. If they keep it up, however, they get a third strip that binds the other two together. In front, if they are not too violent, or behind, if they are.

The teacher should generally keep in reserve a larger, stronger, ankle strip, if the child goes bonkers and starts kicking violently.


139 posted on 04/17/2012 10:03:25 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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Lot of people posting who seem to think our 6-year-olds have some sort of uniform behavior code. My wife is an elementary school principal. If you want to be outraged over this sort of story, come visit her. She's had it happen at her school 5 or 6 times this year where the student ends up in handcuffs or zipties.

Students breaking glass, attempting to throw broken glass, choking out other students, trying to cut themselves with tacks, hitting, kicking, and biting staff. And some have been kindergartners up to 5th graders. Several have been admitted to in-patient psych units. One parent told of the student approaching his 7 year old sister with a butcher knife. They put bells on his room door so they know when he is "coming out" into the house.

Save all your sanctimonious condemnation of the police and school system. You obviously are ignorant (in the literal sense) of modern reality.

140 posted on 04/17/2012 10:13:11 AM PDT by the808bass
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