Well, it’s happened again. A school principal, rather than dealing first-hand with a discipline problem at his school, opted instead to call the police. The student in this case was 6-year-old Salecia Johnson, a kindergartener! For throwing a temper tantrum, she was handcuffed, placed in the police car, and taken to the police station.
A CNN report described the girl’s behavior:
According to the police report, Johnson’s combative behavior included throwing furniture, including a small shelf which struck the principal on the leg.
The child was also observed “biting the door knob of the office and jumping on the paper shredder.”
The report stated Johnson also “attempted to break a glass frame above the shredder.”
“I noticed the damage to school property and possible assault of other students and staff,” the responding officer said in the report.
The police also noted that “when a person is put in handcuffs it’s for their safety, it’s not a punishment.” I’m sure little Salecia will remember in the years to come that those handcuffs were “not a punishment.”
What has happened to this country? When did the police become our first line of defense against 6-year-olds? When did they stop being our first line of defense against adults? (We’d rather use our guns first.) When did American adults cease being mature and responsible enough to know when to deal with a situation themselves and when to call the police?