Six-year-old Girl Handcuffed for Throwing Tantrum

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- April 19, 2012 --

The 6-year old girl from Milledgeville Georgia was throwing a tantrum while at school. The educators called the police who handcuffed her and brought her to the station. The incident has raised questions about how police should deal with disruptive students.

Juvenile judge Wayne Ellerbee spoke to Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates about how he feels saying "I don't think police should have a presence in school because I think it's the parents responsibilities to teach their children to behave regardless of where they are."

Some teachers don't want to physically intervene during a dispute because they're afraid it could lead to lawsuits.

Carolyn Wilson has a grandson with anger issues. She said "I can understand where a teacher would do that even with a six year old. I can understand why they would do it for their own self protection. But I don't know in the long run who it's really helping because you're traumatizing the child more."

Judge Ellerbee went on to say "we have an obligation to every child that goes to school and every teacher that teaches in school to be protected from children that can't or won't function properly."

Milledgeville Police did not say what set off the 6-year old girls tantrum. She was not charged with a crime.


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  • by a parent on Apr 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM
    sounds like that 6 year old missed a few swats to the rear!The good word of God says:if you spare the rod you hate your child!
  • by Ten-Zero Location: Valdosta, Ga on Apr 22, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    (1) Every child is unique, (2) Every Situation is unique. -- Establish criteria which will allow a teacher to decide the best course of action (without causing physical harm) without threat of lawsuits. -- Place a CCTV system in every classroom for quality control and training, and in the event of a criminal act by either party, everything is on video. People should think about both sides of the story, if you are the teacher, and you need that job, what are you really going to do in this situation. What stress conditions are causing this child to melt down? Are they due to a realistic expectation on the part of the child that isn't being met or some other factor?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    Honestly, I think some of you are really overreacting. I do not think taking her away in handcuffs is going to scar her for life. And to all of you that are saying "she's just 6!" Six year olds should not be throwing major fits like this! It had to be pretty bad if the school had to call the cops. I have seen some 6 years olds have major behavior issues because of how they're raised!
  • by concerned on Apr 20, 2012 at 01:12 PM
    common people shes just a baby i have a 17 year old and a 1 year old they let a student punch my 17 year old in the back of the head and did nothing to the student but they going to cuff a 6 yr old for throwing tantrum i say lousy teachers who dont know how to calm a child down take psycology to learn how to deal with an angry child
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:58 AM in reply to concerned
      Not all 6 year olds are alike. Teachers can only do so much, and I can completely understand why they wouldn't want to intervene if the child was having a major meltdown. This does not sound like it was a little fit by any means. My 5 1/2 year old has selective listening and whines an awful lot at home, but when she's at school, she is exceptionally well behaved! I'm not sure what you expected the school to do, but I don't think handcuffing the child is going to scar her for life. If anything, maybe she'll think twice before she throws a major fit like that again!
  • by Really???? on Apr 20, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    It is the parents responsibility to teach their children how to behave and the parent won't do it then give the teachers the right to paddle. If teachers these days could discipline kids like I was deiciplined in school they would have more control in the classroom and children would not act out like they do now...at any age. Put the paddle back in school.
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      by Protective Mom on Apr 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to Really????
      I wish a teacher would "paddle" my child...i'll be the one leaving in handcuffs
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:57 AM
    Handcuff her, then paddle her...maybe she will learn early society, not her, her parents, or other relatives, will hold her accountable--either incarceration or the needle.
  • by Disgusted Location: Tallahassee on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:24 AM
    I think it is horrible that they take a child to jail for an outburst yet allowed a man that killed a child go free for weeks. What is happening in this world? God, help us all!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:59 AM in reply to Disgusted
      I think it's horrible that you're comparing these cases to one another!
  • by Rena Location: Valdosta,Ga on Apr 20, 2012 at 03:40 AM
    I think that is wrong in so many levels. That is only going to make that child more scared of the cops. I have a 12 yr old,a six yr old,and a two yr old. I would have to see what I could do about a law suit or something. I think they should have called the parents instead of the cops. I believe I would remove my child from that school. It is sad that they had to involve the police.
  • by Ray Location: Rally on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:14 PM
    Sounds like this should have been handled with a paddle, rather than by handcuffs.
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      by RICK on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:25 AM in reply to Ray
      Exactly. I think a teacher should be able to send them to jail if they can't spank them. If the law will not let you discipline the kids, make the law offices do the disciplining.
  • by kag Location: tallahassee on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    ok u know that the world is fixing to end when a child gets in handcuffs and taken to the police dept. what is next a two year old? really people come on it is a child of six years old! what are yall gonna do next put a two or one year old in handcuffs? just because they throw a tantrum!!! this is unbelievable !!!!police and sheriff needs to be concern about other stuff!!!
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