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Posted on 04/17/2012 7:22:38 AM PDT by Upstate NY GuyEdited 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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This is great. Only a couple of steps from sparking rebellion. If there’s one thing you shouldn’t do in GA, it’s mess with our kids. Flood the chief’s inbox with outrage.
Maybe they should REQUIRE holding cells in ALL the schools.
It would prepare them for the real cells they will face once they get to adulthood.
I’m confused - is this the mother of the kid? Because Crystal is in jail and this article says the aunt went with the mother to the jail.
But handcuffs and a holding cell are harmless.
The underlying problem is that lately anybody in any position of authority who actually wants to do something is themselves handcuffed by the threat and practice of inevitable civil lawsuits for the slightest instance of touching a child for purposes of restraining him, the restraining itself, subsequent isolation, etc. Thus the solution is to just throw up your hands and call the cops.
She was in the principal's office when this happened. Why was she there? What was the principal threatening her with?
“”I read all the comments””
Neglected to say “at the link”
You sit down in a sturdy chair or sofa (something stable that won't tip over), grab the kid between your knees facing outwards, cross his arms in front of him and wrap tightly with your arms. The idea is to immobilize his legs, arms, and hands, in a position where he can neither flail or bite. You have to hold your own head off to one side as far as possible to prevent the kid from bucking backwards and smashing the back of his head against your chin and teeth.
Then you just hold him tight and let him struggle until he's exhausted. Sometime at that point his energy is totally spent and he's ready to sleep. Then you can turn him around, get him to a rocking chair, hold him and rock him.
It takes some skill and practice, but it worked well for me once I got the hang of it. Nobody gets injured or brutalized, and after the kid is past his crisis he calms down and feels peaceful and protected.
You've got to realize that th kid is terrified by his own hysteria. He needs to feel you're in control, and you're protecting him. After a few rounds of this --- in my expoerience anyhow --- the tantrums go away, and the kid trusts you.
Jessie and Al enroute?
Well, if my 6 year old was tearing things off walls and attempting to hurt other people, yes I would want my child restrained.
According to the article, the police officer attempted to reason with the child. If the child continued to be wildly destructive and throw things, what else could the cop do? Put her into a bear hug? Is that so much more humane than cuffs?
Oh, and one more thing. If it were my child, I would not be angry at the cop. I would be embarrassed at my failure as a parent.
Back in the day, kids in my public elementary school were picked up by the hair if they got too crazy. That was stopped, but it was a lot more effective with fewer long term consequences than handcuffs and a holding cell. (Even as late as eigth grade, noogies were given out at the private school I was attending.)
I'm thinking that there's more to it than what's here.
When an adult can't restrain a 6 year old, there's an issue, either with the adult, or with the 6 year old. I'm wondering if she was handcuffed to avoid hurting herself.
And the bit about her complaining that "They were tight", well, that's what handcuffs do.
Of course. 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.
It seems like the absurdity of the handcuffs and a jail cell are being lost to some.
As a principal of a christian school, I once had a kindergarten student stab another student in the head with a pencil. She missed the boy’s eye by about 2 inches. I never really believed much about demon possession until this student came along. If you were to say the word “Christ” near her, she would hiss like a cat.
I think it’s ridiculous. These cops are just bullies with fancy titles. Of course, that’s true of any authority exercising powers the people haven’t personally assented to.
Obviously the adults could have restrained her without handcuffs. That would have involved holding her physically for an extended period. Parents would then claim sexual assault.
What, they didnt taze her?
Gettin soft in Georgia!
I’ll bet Selecia’s father would be highly agitated if he knew he was the sperm donor.
There’s no doubt that Selecia is a terror. She’s probably angry about a lot of things, especially what goes on in the place she calls home. Unfortunately, these disturbed, fatherless kids get dumped on the school and the teacher has to cope with teaching a class while a six-year-old is going nuts.
Instead of race pimping those two weasels Jackson and Sharp-as-a-tack-ton need to convince these millions of fathers to marry the mother of their children. The only problem here is that the mothers would end up with 5 or six husbands, the complete reverse of old Mormonism.