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Cops arrest 6-year-old kindergartener in Georgia

By Andrew Jones
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 14:58 EDT
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Six-year-old Salecia Johnson. Screenshot via WMAZ.
 
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A police department in Milledgeville, Georgia is standing behind a cop’s decision to arrest a kindergarten student in her school after she had a tantrum in class.

Acting police chief Dray Swicord told WMAZ-TV Tuesday that he continues supporting one of his officers’ judgement to arrest 6-year-old Salecia Johnson after she threw a tantrum at Creekside Elementary School Friday.

“Our police states that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back,” Swicord. “There is no age discrimination on that rule.”

According to the police report, Johnson tore items off the wall, threw furniture, and knocked down a shelf that injured the school’s principal. Cops said since they couldn’t reach Johnson’s parents that the girl had to be arrested.

“She called the police on me for no reason,” the kindergartner said about her principal. “It (the handcuffs) was hurting my arm.”

Johnson’s mother, Constance Ruff, was obviously stunned by her daughter’s arrest.

“I was terrified, I was shocked,” Ruff said. “I have never heard of a six-year-old being arrested and put in handcuffs just because of misbehaving at school.”

Ruff said that her daughter is suspended and cannot return to school until August.

Swicord said that the officer will not face any investigation for arresting Johnson. The department charged Johnson with with simple assault and damage to property, although she will not have to go to court because of her age.

WATCH: Video from WMAZ-TV, from April 17, 2012.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
 
 
 
 
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