A 6-year-old Georgia kindergartner was handcuffed for safety reasons after she allegedly threw a tantrum, media reports said on Tuesday.
The police report obtained by WMAZ-13 TV said Salecia Johnson of Milledgeville is accused of ripping items from walls and tossing furniture. The report also said she knocked over a shelf, injuring the school principal.
The officer attempted to calm Johnson down, but she resisted and he then put handcuffs on her.
“Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that rule,” Milledgeville police Chief Dray Swicord told the station.The child was charged with simple assault and property damage.
Her father, Earnest Johnson, told the station that the school had “no business calling the police and handcuffing my child.”
“Call the police? Is that the first step? Or is there any other kind of intervention that can be taken to help that child?” her aunt, Candace Ruff, was quoted as saying.