Controversy has generated
the predicament of Salecia Johnson, a 6-year-old girl who was arrested and handcuffed after suffering from a typical tantrum at her school. For reasons still unknown, the child got angry in class and threw things around, pulling objects from the walls and toppling furniture. A falling bookcase hit a teacher
and caused a minor injury.
The principal at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, GA, decided that calling the police was the best way to deal with the problem. Police officers arrested the distressed girl, took her to a police car handcuffed in the back and brought her to the police station.
Police defended their actions saying that, because of Salecia’s tantrum, a piece of furniture fell and hit the principal. They explain that when an officer tried to calm the girl in the principal's office, she resisted and had to be handcuffed.
"Our protocol states that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol car must be handcuffed; there is no age distinction in that rule,"
said interim police chief Dray Swicord, according to The Washington Post
Chief Swicord said the department’s policy of handcuffing people when they are taken to the police station, regardless of their age, aims to protect “the safety of themselves as well as the officer.” He said the child was restrained with regular steel cuffs, the only kind available to the officers. He added that the girl will not be charged with a crime because she is too young.