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Old 04-22-2012, 06:30 PM
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Police Handcuff 6-year-old Student in Georgia

Police in Georgia defended their decision Tuesday to handcuff and arrest a 6-year-old elementary student after the school called to report a juvenile had assaulted a principal and was damaging school property.

Milledgeville police said they were called to Creekside Elementary School on Friday for an unruly juvenile, who was allegedly throwing a tantrum.

According to their report, when the officer arrived, he observed kindergartner Salecia Johnson on the floor of the principal's office screaming and crying.

The officer stated in the report that he noticed damage to school property and tried numerous times to calm the girl, who eventually "pulled away and began actively resisting and fighting with me."

"The child was then placed in handcuffs for her safety and the officer proceeded to bring her down to the police station," said Chief Dray Swicord.

Despite the girl's behavior, her family said police should not have been involved.

"I don't think she misbehaved to the point where she should have been handcuffed and taken downtown to the police department," Johnson's aunt, Candace Ruff, told CNN affiliate WMAZ.

The girl was released to Ruff after numerous attempts to reach her parents failed, the police report said.

Swicord said his department still has not heard from the girl's mother or father.

But the parents have spoken to reporters.

"Call the police? Is that the first step?" Johnson's mother, Constance Ruff, asked.

Johnson's mother said she wondered if there was "any other kind of intervention" the school could have used to help her daughter.

"They don't have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child," said Salecia's father, Earnest Johnson.

Regardless of age, said Swicord, "When a person is put in handcuffs it's for their safety, it's not a punishment."

According to the police report, Johnson's combative behavior included throwing furniture, including a small shelf, which struck the principal on the leg.

The child was also observed "biting the doorknob of the office and jumping on the paper shredder."

The report stated Johnson also "attempted to break a glass frame above the shredder."

"I noticed the damage to school property and possible assault of other students and staff," the responding officer said in the report.

CNN reached out to Creekside Elementary for comment but was told the principal is assisting with statewide testing and was unable to respond.

Johnson's mother said her daughter was suspended and cannot return to school until August.

http://articles.cnn.com/2012-04-17/j...?_s=PM:JUSTICE

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Six-year-old female throwing a tantrum, and he, a grown man in uniform, handcuffing her. I wonder what he'd do if he encountered a six-year-old boy throwing a similar tantrum? I guess he'd have to shoot him.

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Six-year-old female throwing a tantrum, and he, a grown man in uniform, handcuffing her. I wonder what he'd do if he encountered a six-year-old boy throwing a similar tantrum? I guess he'd have to shoot him.
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Sadly, I hope it never gets to that. The little girl looked kind of, "possessed", on the news here.

There is a little boy whose teacher at my niece's school, (but, not in her glass), keeps telling the mother how he hits kids and is now biting and leaving marks.

The kid tells the teacher, "I can't control myself." This is a first or second grader so thinks can start very young.

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For those of you in the US, or if you are in an area where you can get ABC/WPVI, perhaps on their website, to see some scary kids, check out the episode of, "My Strange Affliction", which aired on March 31st of this year. It's about kids with OCD and Schizophrenia. Seriously, I didn't know young children could be like these chldren!

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Seriously, I didn't know young children could be like these children!
Well..there's a good amount of evidence supporting that mental illness is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. So mental health issues are just as likely to be visible in children as in adults, its just the extreme behavior is normally accepted or ignored.

-An example I suppose would be Schizophrenia, which does seem to have some correlation to irregular releases of dopamine in the brain, or Depression which can be treated by chemicals that dampen the chemical reactions in the brain.



TL:DR- Children be trippin

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In the video, some were controlled with meds and some were not. The one girl, who was about 14, wanted to be in a hospital and her parents insurance ran out. It was very sad to see.

I'm chemically imbalanced. Before I went through the trials of various meds, if someone said, "hello", to me the wrong way, I'd cry. I never went through the anger and lashing out against every living thing the way some people do. I guess there are various degrees.

Mine wasn't diagnosed until after a car accident. I had no symptons as a child, teen or young adult.

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