Monday, April 23, 2012

Georgia School Has 6-Year Old Arrested

You're Under Arrest, Young Lady. Anything You Say . . . (Image from Flickr, by cwwycoff1)
Six-year old Salecia Johnson had a temper tantrum in class last week, according to her teachers at Creekside Elementary in Milledgeville, Georgia. Temper tantrums are not unusual for children at this age. However, her school’s response was extraordinary—they called the police, who handcuffed her and charged her with battery, according to Police held her for an hour before notifying her parents. The school also suspended her for the remainder of the year.

While the charges have since been dropped and Salecia has been allowed to return to school, she has been traumatized by the experience, according to her mother, who has created a petition to ensure that her arrest records are purged and to end the use of the police for minor school discipline issues.

If you are interested in her signing her petition, you can click here.

(Thank you Miriam for the heads up on this news item)


  1. There is no telling what all the teachers had been put through and how many impossible tantrums that they had put up with. Some children are violent and somewhere someone has to get that child's attention to prevent them from ending up in prison further down the line. Of course we will never hear the whole story!

    1. No excuse for waiting an hour to notify the parents

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  2. I'm sorry, did you miss the part about the girl being only 6 years old?

  3. Um if you can't handle a six year old throwing a tantrum maybe you don't belong being a teacher

  4. I would agree. Probably shouldn't be a K-5 principal, either.