I’m just going to open this by saying I don’t think there is EVER an appropriate time to handcuff a child. I don’t care if the kid was trying to chew off the fingers of her principal, handcuffs aren’t appropriate.
A lot of folks agree with me. And yet, as Yahoo reports, the chief of police in Midgeville Georgia stands by the decision to cuff 6-year-old Salecia Johnson.
As Chief Dray Swicord tells local affiliate WMAZ, “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.”
Are you effing kidding me?
What is wrong with people? As I mentioned when I wrote an article about a teen who was expelled for loaning a friend who was having an asthma attack her inhaler, it’s like the people in charge don’t think any more. They’re all a bunch of brainless robots who mindlessly follow “policy”. Same goes for the idiot principal of a school in North Carolina who suspended a student who called a teacher cute. The principal called it sexual harassment and, well, that’s against school policy.
Where have all the intelligent adults who have childrens’ best interests at heart?
According to a police report, Salecia Johnson was taken to the principal’s office for pushing two classmates. The responding officer’s police report says Johnson began tearing items off the school principal’s office walls and was throwing furniture. Johnson allegedly knocked over a shelf that injured the principal. The little girl reportedly bit on a doorknob and tried to break a glass picture frame while jumping on a paper shredder.
The police report says when the responding officer tried to calm the child, she resisted and was cuffed. Really? That was his only solution for dealing with a resistant 6-year-old? He’s obviously not a parent. Nonetheless, Chief Swicord says the officer who handcuffed Johnson is not facing an investigation over his actions. After the little girl was cuffed, she was taken to the local police station and charged with simple assault and damage to property even though she’s too young to face prosecution.
So yeah, this is more than your usual temper tantrum but did anyone, especially the freaking principal of an elementary school, stop to think this behavior is indicative of something serious like Asperger’s Syndrome? In which case, how traumatizing is being handcuffed and taken to the cop shop in a patrol car? She’s in kindergarten for crying out loud. Kindergarten.
Johnson’s parents are understandably pissed and are trying to organize a protest and are apparently trying to get in contact with Al Sharpton. Sharpton, who never met a news story he didn’t like, will probably keep this one in the headlines for several days to come.
“She has mood swings some days, which all of us had mood swings some days,” Johnson’s mother Constance Ruff tells WMAZ. “I guess that was just one of her bad days.”
While it sounds like mom might be in denial, or maybe she just doesn’t realize the depth of her daughter’s issues, it doesn’t matter. Handcuffs don’t belong on an elementary student. I mean, what? Did they read the child her rights before shoving her in the police cruiser?
“The student was never placed in a holding cell or jail cell and the student’s safety was of the utmost importance,” Swicord said.
Never placed in a jail cell. Great consolation YOU EPIC IDIOT.
“A 6-year-old in kindergarten. They don’t have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child,” said Salecia’s father, Earnest Johnson.
What do you think? Are handcuffs ever appropriate for a child? You can watch all sides share their story in the video below: