A Georgia mom says she dropped her 6-year-old daughter off for a normal day of kindergarten, then found her in handcuffs when she went to pick her up at a police station. A local TV station reported that the child, Salecia Johnson, threw an epic temper tantrum, allegedly knocking over a shelf that injured the principal at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, Ga., before police were called. She also reportedly threw objects and tore things off the walls. Despite the girl’s behavior, her parents, Earnest Johnson and Candace Ruff, said there had to have been an alternative solution.
“Call the police? Is that the first step?” Ruff asked WMAZ-TV. “Or is there any other kind of intervention that can be taken to help that child?” In addition to her trip to the police station, Salecia was suspended from school until August. Her parents said they doubt she behaved badly enough for police to be involved. But police told WMAZ that an officer tried to calm Salecia, but when she resisted, she was handcuffed and taken to the police station. She was charged with simple assault and damage to property but won’t have to go to court because of her age. Her parents told the TV station they still can’t believe it even went that far. “A 6-year-old in kindergarten. They don’t have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child,” said Earnest Johnson.