Going Too Far: Kids Handcuffed for Having Tantrums at School

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  • Jmyha Rickman
  • Wilson Reyes
  • Salecia Johnson
  • Ja'Briel Weston
  •  Incident at Fairmount Park Elementary School
  • police handcuffing children

Salecia Johnson

According to school officials in April 2012, 6-year-old Salecia Johnson threw items around a classroom and knocked over a bookcase that injured a teacher. The child from Georgia was handcuffed and taken into police custody and initially charged with simple battery of a schoolteacher and criminal damage, but those charges were later dropped. Salecia's parents initiated an online petition, which garnered 195,884 signatures, calling for the school to remove the record of arrest from the child's file and to "end the use of police for school discipline." 

(Photo: AP Photo/WMAZ-13 TV)