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Police handcuff 6-year-old girl for several hours

By Mason White 6:26 PM February 20, 2013
Salecia Johnson 

By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A little girl was arrested and handcuffed for several hours after throwing a tantrum in school, according to police reports in Georgia.

Georgia police on Tuesday defended their decision to handcuff and arrest an elementary student, who is just six-years-old, after the school called to report that a child had assaulted a principal and was damaging school property.

Milledgeville police said they were called to Creekside Elementary School on Friday to a young girl, who was supposedly throwing a tantrum.

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

The officer said in the report that he realized damage to school property and tried several times to calm the girl, who finally turned away and began actively resisting and fighting with the officer.

“The child was then placed in handcuffs for her safety and the police proceeded to take her down to the police station,” police chief Dray Swicord, said.

Despite the behavior of the child, her family said police should not have been involved.
“I do not think she misbehaved to the point where she should have been handcuffed and taken down to the police department,” Johnson’s aunt, Candace Ruff, told a local television news station.

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

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