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9-year-old Candy-crazy Kid Has Frenzied Freak-out — Faces Four Felonies

By Sunny Chanel |

9-year-old has candy freak-out

Kids, they love candy. A lot. But generally their quest for a sugar rush doesn’t lead them to get arrested. That is, if you aren’t a certain 9-year-old girl from Fort Myers, Florida. On Halloween (aka National Sugar High Day) this fourth-grader from the Royal Palm School threw an epic tantrum while heading home on the school bus. The driver of the bus — according to The Smoking Gun — asked the student to stop eating candy on the bus. The girl? She got upset. Really upset. Then chaos ensued.

She — reportedly — starting yelling obscenities at the driver, threatened to hit other students on the bus, spit at the driver and then jumped off the bus. But that’s not it. Apparently she also started to throw pieces of asphalt at the bus. Then the cops came to the scene, and things got even crazier.

The 9-year-old didn’t calm down in the face of authority. Instead she started yelling at the cops, saying, “F*ck you! F*ck you!” She added, “Shut the fu*k up. I will fu*kin kill you.” She then picked up a piece of aluminum patio furniture that was nearby and threw it at the police officer. The cop got a handle on the out-of-control elementary school student but then she tried to bite him and again said she would kill him. Yeah, someone needs a time out.

But for now she is being “charged with battery on a public school employee, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, and throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle.” She was released to her parents and is being placed on 21 days of home detention.

Is this a good argument for throwing out all your kids Halloween candy?

Mug Shot Image: The Smoking Gun

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30 thoughts on “9-year-old Candy-crazy Kid Has Frenzied Freak-out — Faces Four Felonies

  1. alawyer says:

    No. It is an argument for raising the age of criminal responsibility so that police eager for a hyped up story cannot overcharge a very young child with a felony for throwing what is essentially a temper tantrum of the sort that children under 10 are known to throw.

    I don’t know what the bus driver said or how it was said, and I don’t know if this extremely young child suffers from any emotional distress at home – but I do know that the situation was blown way out of proportion and a child has been unduly tagged with a felony arrest, and her name and picture have been publisized on the internet in such a way as to ruin her young life. Certainly “mug shots” of 9 year olds should be withheld from publication. Also, this case has spurred a flurry of racist remarks about her homelife and parentage on numerous other sites.

    Most people look back at their own youth with rose colored glasses. Winston Churchill didn’t. I remember reading as a child about how when he was just about this girl’s age, he broke something at school, smashed some books onto the floor of the library and broke the headmaster’s cane. He went on to become Prime Minister of Great Britian and help win WWII.

    Too bad this little girl will not have the fresh start that Churchill and so many other adults have had in life. Somewhere along the way we have lost our way and forgotten what children are and how they can behave at their worst. But handcuffing and shackling them, finger printing them and posting their mug shots for the world to see is an act of child abuse – just as brutish as if someone took a hot iron and burned a scarlet letter on her face.

  2. Diera says:

    Oh yeah. I’m sure this was all a consequence of eating candy.

  3. Diera says:

    I didn’t see the previous comment before I posted, so I just want to say, I do think that we have lost a good bit of the distinction between “child” and “adult”, or we apply it weirdly. Eighteen year olds can’t legally choose to drink a beer, but a ten year old should have an adult level of responsibility for her actions? Makes no sense to me, and I think we need to continue to emphasize that children do not have the self-control or decision making abilities of adults. BUT. I live with a child the age of this one, and I am around other nine year olds on a daily basis. They are not “extremely young” children (what would that make my four year old, a fetus?) and they do not routinely throw temper tantrums that include yelling obscenities and threats at adults, hitting people, biting, and throwing hard objects. I don’t know what was up with this girl, but it was not candy (c’mon now!) and it was not normal behavior. This girl needs help, not a court date, but she DOES need help.

  4. salsamama says:

    There is no doubt that this girl is mentally ill or has developmental issues. My kids’ elementary school is the district site for special needs instruction, and there are at least two students currently on campus who exhibit this behavior regularly. There may be issues with lack of boundaries at home that has more to do with the parents being unable or ill-equipped to deal with their child’s disability, but kids who fall into this category are extremely challenging to work with and even our highly cabable special education teachers find themselves with kids who work themselves into a frenzy like this child did. Lack of impulse control is a sign of many different mental illnesses in both children AND adults. In a way, it’s good news that this child has demonstrated her needs so early.

  5. Kate says:

    That is not a “typical” tantrum thrown by a “very young” child. Give me a break. That was a freak out by an obviously troubled child. Should it be a felony? Probably not, but it also shouldn’t be blamed on candy or glossed over because she is 10.

  6. Suzie says:

    The child is obviously troubled. She should get counseling, not jail time.

  7. Kate says:

    ps- The Royal Palm School is a special education school serving behavioral, mental and physical disabilities…so there is obviously something else going on that people were already aware of.

  8. Suzie says:

    also…everything “alawyer” said about not showing an image of a minor, etc. even w the eyes blocked out…it just is unsavory to me…

  9. bob says:

    Everything about this is so very….Florida.

  10. Michele says:

    Love the hairdo.

  11. amanda says:

    She obviously has issues, and needs therapy. Her parents should probably have some guidance as well. This has nothing to do with candy, as much as it does kids needing their butts spanked, respecting their elders, and knowing their limits. Don’t respond with comments about beating, or any of that nonsense. There is a huge difference in a child having a swat or two on the butt to correct behavior, than a parent punching a young child in the face or beating them with a hose. This is a prime example of why our kids can’t go to school and be safe anymore. Get a grip on your kids people. As a parent of 3 ages 14-5, I have a right to see her mug shot or have a notice sent home, so I can protect my children and or decide if this is a risk I think is worth taking with their safety. Obviously her needs are being ignored, and now it could harm many others.

  12. bob says:

    Digging Amanda’s no-dissent clause.

  13. Suzie says:

    This kid is too old to be spanked, Amanda. MAYBE it’s OK to swat a 2 yo in the butt if it doesn’t understand language (not my credo, but I can see it…) but you don’t hit a 10 year old girl. Her life is probably already whack enough. All this pent up rage in a child this age shows either some developmental disability or emotional problem. Hitting her is not the answer. You can’t beat problems out of people.

  14. Suzie says:


  15. michelle says:

    This is a special needs child who goes to a special needs school. The staff MUST have been trained to anticipate and defuse major tantrums, even by older children. Certainly this can’t be the first violent tantrum they’ve seen. And even if the staff couldn’t handle it and had to call the cops, the cops clearly mishandled the situation. And they, too, must have been able to tell at a glance that this was a special needs child / school. So what happened? I’m going to go ahead and point out the obvious: children of color are WAY more likely than white children to be treated like criminals and to have their needs “addressed” (quotes intentional) through the criminal justice system.

    @Amanda, you can parent however you want, but surely even you know that normal disciplinary tactics don’t necessarily work on special needs children. That’s what makes them special needs.

  16. goddess says:

    RELEASED? WTF? Special needs or not- she needs to be kept FORCIBLY away from normal society.

  17. Noreen Ryan says:

    This what not about candy nor a simple temper tantrum. Sounds like she has not been getting the help she needs to deal with her rage and fits of anger. If this is a special needs school the school obviously is not properly equipped to deal with a child like this when they do get angry. She does need help, not arrested, before she actually hurts someone or worse. I have a 5 year old boy with anger issues, he gets anxious and stressed and wants to act out physically sometimes. I am getting him the help he needs before he turns into an angry 9 yr old who could do great harm. The schools are required to provided the help for this child, I hope the parents are able to push for that help, they may not know what services are available. Though being in a special needs school, the school should be providing that help.

  18. amanda says:

    No one else finds it incredibly alarming that 40 years ago (even 20) we didn’t have so many ‘emotionally disturbed’ children!??! There are some kids that are truly disturbed children, most however, are just brats! They lack respect for anyone with any authority, and the behaviors were never corrected at an early age. Society needs a label for their laziness or poor parenting. Or maybe they are just scared of the backlash they might get if they reprimand their child in public.

    I also disagree that nine is too old to spank a child. I disagree that if a nine year old is screaming, threatening, and swearing at me, that they don’t need a couple of good swats right on the butt for a bit of a shock factor if you will. Snap them back to reality, and remind them that their behavior is not acceptable, and won’t be tolerated.This young girl has either been beaten or has never had her butt warmed in her life. Never had to sit and write apology sentences, or own up to any behavior, because some shmuck was sitting right there with a reason for every lash out from the very beginning. It has gotten to out of control now, and people want to be mad at the cops, and the bus driver. For what? Finally holding this kid accountable? I hope they get her parents too. Maybe a little slap therapy would do them some good as well.

    Bottom line if they still live at home, and the parents can be held accountable for kids doing this, then whatever measure needs to be taken (while not leaving marks, or being emotionally hurtful) should be taken.

    My kids don’t get to enjoy some of life’s greatest moments, because of this crap! Not because of their behavior, but because of all of the ‘emotionally disturbed’ kids.
    Again I know that their are kids that truly are, and she probably is now too. Had the behavior been stopped right away, instead of ignored or enabled, she wouldn’t be in this situation. Now she has gotten away with it for so long, you probably will have to give her a miracle pill just to explain shit to her.

    Gives me another reason to thank God a little more often for giving me the commonsense needed to parent, and squeeze my kids a little bit tighter for proving that it works.

  19. Suzie says:

    “No one else finds it incredibly alarming that 40 years ago (even 20) we didn’t have so many ‘emotionally disturbed’ children!??! ”

    I’ve got two words (or one?)…daycare.

  20. Suzie says:

    “My kids don’t get to enjoy some of life’s greatest moments, because of this crap!”

    please expand on this…

  21. michelle says:

    “No one else finds it incredibly alarming that 40 years ago (even 20) we didn’t have so many ‘emotionally disturbed’ children!??! ”
    What’s your evidence for this? Oh right, you don’t have any. 40 years ago (even 20) those kids were just “bad kids.” They were warehoused in special ed classes in public schools with outmatched teachers, and then once they got old enough they were sent to juvie or prison.
    So yes, it’s all because of daycare — hahaha!

  22. daria says:

    jails are absolutely no place for children. the juvenile justice system was intended as a place of rehabilitation, yet has become a place where juvenile offenders become hardened criminals. anyone who suggests that locking up a violent child protects our society, our communities, our children, is severely misguided. this child will simply come out of jail with no job opportunities, a criminal record, and will be well acquainted with all types of criminal behavior from time spend with other criminals. maybe she is not truly a child with behavioral problems or special needs (though how can you assume that based on this limited information above?), but she is still a child and deserves protection and assistance.

  23. Manjari says:

    Amanda, your comments show a lot of ignorance. You can’t prevent a special needs child from having special needs or from having emotional problems by hitting them when they’re young. Do you really think that is what differentiates troubled kids from other kids – that they weren’t hit? That’s just nonsense.

  24. Amy says:

    No, it’s NOT a reason to throw out Halloween candy. Candy doesn’t do that to kids. Lack of proper parenting and consistent discipline create this sort of behavior. The kid needed a good smack on the rear end years ago whenever this sort of behavior happened.

    The negligent parents parent?) need to be charged.

    Also – kids don’t get candy until Halloween night, so why on earth did this child have candy before trick-or-treating even saying.

    This is the story of a spoiled rotten brat who has never been told no, and left to the school system to try to raise.

  25. Linda, t.o.o. says:

    @Amanda and @Amy, the very fact that you’d recommend hitting an already disturbed child who attends a special ed school, makes you sound ridiculous at best, and unusually cruel and ignorant at worst. This story has zero to do with either spanking/not spanking or Halloween candy.

  26. Amy says:

    I based my comment on the article itself. The name of the school is mentioned. It does not mention that it’s a school for disturbed kids, or whatever the current “PC” term is, or that the kid apparently has other issues. I believe that spanking will teach most kids to act appropriately.

    Also, being mentally challenged or whatever, does not preclude a child from learning right from wrong and acting accordingly. This child seems to have been coddled, and taught that she can act however she chooses, and society will give her a pass for her egregious behavior.

    And spanking works on retarded kids too.

  27. goddess says:

    Daria- departed from the rest of society, period. Figure out what kind of facility you can afford to give her. I’m not sure this thing won’t end up being an adult incapable of rehabilitation either. Just keep this kid the frig out of mainstream schools. Society does NOT deserve it. And parents should be informed so they can take any precaution they see fit to safeguard their own children from her.

  28. Linda, t.o.o. says:

    @Goddess, I agree that the safety of others needs to be insured. The school is a special ed K-12 (the name is actually the Royal Palm Exceptional School) and te students there are clearly the ones so disabled that they are unable to be mainstreamed. @Amy, you’re too stupid to even argue with, so I won’t. My guess is that you have exactly zero experience with children who are severly disabled, and really, aren’t we all thankful that they aren’t subjected to you?

  29. Denise says:

    I tend to agree that it has been in recent years that children are deemed “challenged” and therefore coddled, when in past years they would have been disciplined like any other child would be. A “challenged” child usually does not start out that way from infancy (unless there are legitimate issues with their actual brains) so most children become challenged from their upbringing, which is why @amy and @amanda recommend discipline for children so they DONT end up this way. And I would tend to agree that day care is a culprit in the rise of challenged youth because we are handing our children over to be raised by people who are not their parents and they are spending the majority of their waking hours in a room with their peers – watch a teenager (who has grown up in the public education system) with how they act around adults vs how they act around each other and you will see why herding children together with their own age group does nothing to teach them personal responsibility and maturity. PARENTS should be raising their children, not daycares and schools (which CANT discipline properly), but we hand that role over cause its more convenient . . . and this is the outcome – children who have no concept of right from wrong and expect society to give them what they want when they want it. Not all children, mind you, end up this way from public education, but I see the growing lack of moral character among youth and the only cause I can see is that we are not teaching them moral character at home. The school is not going to do it because thats not their agenda. We shouldn’t be surprised by this behavior, and we also shouldn’t minimize its consequences just because the girl is 9 and “challenged” – she needs to learn that her behavior, no matter what, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated or else this will be her life.

  30. Linda, t.o.o. says:

    “so most children become challenged from their upbringing” I’d like to see the scientific study that indicates “most” children with mental or emotional disabilities become that way because of upbringing. Then I’d like to see the corresponding data that hints in even the tiniest way that these disabilities can be miraculously cured if you start hitting your chidlren early and frequently enough. TIA. I’m a strong supporter of homeschooling, but not if you’re doing it so you can hit your children more in the name of discipline. It seems to me like you are the one who needs a refresher on the concept of right and wrong, not to mention moral character. Disabled children are really vulnerable in our society. The truth (not that it interests you) is that they are more likely to be abused than typical children, not less.

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