..Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum, and the police chief is making no apologies.
WMAZ-TV (http://on.wmaz.com/I0ZrNE ) reports that 6-year-old Salecia Johnson is accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture at school in the central Georgia city of Milledgeville. The police report says the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.
The elementary school called police after the Friday tantrum. The report says when an officer tried to calm the child, she resisted and was handcuffed. The girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property.
Police Chief Dray Swicord says the department's policy is to handcuff people in certain situations, and "there is no age discrimination on that rule."
The child was suspended from school until August.
Meanwhile Milledgeville has a higher crime rate than the average US City, and has had a higher crime rate for 7 out of 11 years 1999 to 2010.
These statistics may seem a bit out of whack as crime has been on the decline over the last few years, no doubt as a result of the incarcerating prepubescent violent youth.