What could a 6-year-old girl from Georgia possibly have done to deserve being handcuffed at school and brought to the police station? This just blows my mind.
The video above was one I found on YouTube.com among many others. It was a pretty short video explaining how the little girl, Salecia Johnson, threw a tantrum during class and then threw furniture around the classroom and tore items off the walls.
Just from my experiences of working with young children as a babysitter and a nanny, I understand that children get out of hand sometimes But, I’ve never considered locking a child in handcuffs to be the appropriate response to their actions. I think for most children, a firm timeout or some sort of other punishment that does not include physical harm would work well.
In this situation, I’m not exactly sure how out of control Salecia was, but it still seems way over the top to need to arrest her and proceed to bring her to the police station.
Morgan, the mother of the little girl talked about the psychological effects that handcuffing someone of this age has on them for the rest of their life. I completely agree that this situation would be not only psychologically, but emotionally, damaging. I just don’t think having a tantrum in a kindergarten class is means to handcuff a child. This just doesn’t make sense.
Piers Morgan was extremely upset with this situation and I really like that he had no shame in expressing his opinion. In a short article under the video on CNN.com, posted by Jason Kurtz, a quote from Morgan read as follows:
“Let me spell it out to those responsible in language even their minuscule brains may possibly understand, loudly and clearly: You PUT A SIX YEAR OLD GIRL IN HANDCUFFS. Shame. On you all.” -Piers Morgan
I’m curious as to what others think of this news and I wish I heard the viewpoint of the teacher who had the police come in. Kindergarten teachers should know the appropriate response to a tantrum when they commit their career to working with such young children.