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Kindergartner handcuffed, taken to police station after allegedly throwing tantrum -- and furniture

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YesBoss posted Apr 17, 2012

I know there will be those who disagree with me, but this is one place where we need to return to the good ol days. If she'da had a board put to her back side in front of the rest of the class, there woulda been no need for the police. Further, if her parents woulda followed up with an even better wouldn't happen again.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Apr 17, 2012


I used to tell my little sister I was going to call the police if she misbehave lol.. I can't belive they did this! I totally agree with nthsll

heyimdennise (rep: 7.9k) posted Apr 17, 2012


When I was teaching my special ed. class, we had to call the cops on a 1st grader who was throwing desks and fractured my co-teacher's shin. Mind you, this child had severe autism. We didn't press any charges, we just needed to file a report with the police for legal and insurance purposes.

It sounds like the girl in the story needs to be in a behavioral class with teachers who know how to properly restrain her. Calling the police might be sound bit extreme but I am sure they tried calling the parents first. I find it to be ridiculous that the parents are publicly defending their child's behavior. That's why it is so frustrating being a teacher nowadays. Parents tend to defend their child instead of disciplining them and making them apologize. It's why so many teachers just give up, you can only get so far without parental support

VirginiaPeanuts (rep: 12.4k) posted Apr 17, 2012


As shocking as these headlines tend to be, when you get to the details the story tends to make more sense. I've worked with special populations throughout my life and I've seen raging six year olds that have required several adults to restrain. Too much restraint can injure a child so sometimes letting the police to it makes more sense.

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted Apr 17, 2012


I really don't think age makes a difference. If an adult was acting this way and couldn't be stopped, I'd probably call the police. Just because the individual's a child in kindergarten doesn't mean she can throw tantrums, break things, and attempt to harm others without consequences.

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Apr 17, 2012


I work in Juvenile justice for years. They did the right thing. As far as restraints, ive had to live with a kid in my dorm passing away from being restrained for too long. Over exerted his body so much that he passed in his sleep. It all boils down to parenting. Do I believe we should beat our kids? As one of those kids who got his ass whooped I have to say no. Be a better parent. I dont need to lay a finger on my kids, they know when they did something messed up and usually just go right to their rooms. Or I have to break out the look. So glad I put every ounce of my being into my family because I got some wonderful, sensitive and polite children.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Apr 17, 2012


I hope the girl's parents at least explained to her that what she did was wrong and made her apologize. The article makes it seem like the parents didn't even think her behavior was a big deal. I think the teachers made the right decision. Had they acted any differently, this story might have ended much worse.

canis444 (rep: 263) posted Apr 17, 2012


I may have missed something mentioning this girl actually being special needs and not just needing discipline...
I agree with the top poster with one minor change : Can we spank her stupid parents first??

jpanddanielle (rep: 96) posted Apr 17, 2012


@nthsll: I agree with you, but the problem these days is that the parents would be the ones being carted off to jail with a lot more to lose than the child would. Our society has equated any sort of corporal punishment to child abuse, and this is the result.

fluffy (rep: 2.2k) posted Apr 17, 2012