MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — This city's acting police chief held a brief news conference Tuesday to explain why an officer handcuffed an elementary school student and transported her to a police station after she allegedly threw a tantrum.
Acting Chief Dray Swicord said Salecia Johnson was handcuffed and taken from Creekside Elementary School on Friday after she caused damage at the school and injured the principal. He said police were called after school officials couldn't reach the girl's parents
At the police station, the girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property. Because of her age, she will not have to go to court.
After the acting police chief's news conference, a man who described himself as a community activist, made a statement.
Oscar Davis Jr. criticized how police and school officials handled the case.
"The school never called the parents," Davis said, even though Salecia's mother, Constance Ruff, told WMAZ-TV that she received calls on her cell phone but couldn't answer because it was out of minutes.
Charging a 6 year old? Where's the mens rea? Back in the old days, 6 year olds acting up like that get to face the "trial" with ma and pa as the judge, jury, and executioner. Police? Legal matter?
Right or wrong, I'll be teaching my kids this by the time they can speak. Once things become a police matter, things change.