The following story is as terrifying as it is appalling.
A six-year-old, female Kindergarten student apparently threw a “tantrum” in a Georgia elementary school last Friday that was big and scary enough for administrators to see no other recourse than to call the police.
As CNN reports, a police officer was sent to the school and, after failing to calm the child down, the officer felt the need to handcuff her, “for her own safety.”
The child was then taken to the police station and, unable to reach the child’s parents, she was released into the custody of an aunt. The child was also said to be suspended from the school until the start of the next school year.
The parents have since been contacted and are said to be outraged that the police were involved at all. I agree with the parents. It is truly hard to believe that there was no other course of action, no other person to turn to within the school, to deal with an out-of-control, six-year-old girl.
Granted details are thin here, but I can’t stand the thought of how scared this kid must have been to see a policeman coming after her and then to be handcuffed by him. This story might be striking such a nerve with me because once, when I was young and foolish, pregnant and dealing with my own out-of-control, almost-four-year old, I had the brilliant idea to tell her I was calling the police because she was scaring me.
I even went so far as to pick up the phone and have a fake conversation. I am not proud of this, and my little daughter was so distraught, absolutely terrified, at the thought of a police official coming to take her to jail, I was instantly remorseful. It took me an hour to calm her down and promise her I would never, ever do such a thing and police never, ever took children away from their mothers and just writing about this makes me feel profoundly ashamed all over again.
I think this school administrator who called the cops on this kid should be ashamed as well. I don’t care what the girl did. She needs help. She doesn’t need to be terrorized into submission. I just asked three kids, aged 10 and 8, what they thought of the story and all of them had better ideas of what the school could have tried before calling the cops.
Lastly, all the news reports are using this child’s full name. What is that about? That itself seems unduly careless and cruel.
What are your thoughts about this story? Do you find this story as outrageous as I do? Have you ever been tempted to, or actually did, call the cops on your kid?
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