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US police handcuff six-year-old black child for unruly behavior
Salecia Johnson, 6, was handcuffed by US police for simple assault and damage to property.
Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:8AM
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Police in the US state of Georgia have handcuffed a six-year-old black school girl with her arms behind her back because the girl threw a tantrum.


Salecia Johnson was accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing books and toys in an outburst at the principal’s office at Creekside Elementary, police said. According to the police, she also threw a small shelf that struck the principal in the leg, and jumped on a paper shredder and tried to break a glass frame.

She "was restrained by placing her hands behind her back and handcuffed," police said, defending the action as a safety measure.

Salecia was transported to the Milledgeville Police Department where her handcuffs were removed and she was placed in a patrol briefing room.

A juvenile complaint has been filed against Salecia, accusing the girl of simple assault and damage to property.

The girl’s family demanded Tuesday that their city in central Georgia change policy so that other children won’t receive the same treatment.

"We would not like to see this happen to another child, because it's horrifying. It's devastating", the girl's aunt, Candace Ruff, said, adding that the girl was terrified by the ordeal.

The girl’s family is also furious that law enforcement officials got involved in a situation viewed as a school disciplinary issue.

“What is the purpose of counselors and other aides in the school system when they just call law enforcement to calm a child when they act out?” her aunt said.

Her mother, Constance Ruff, said the girl has been suspended and can't return to school until August.

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