http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-parenting/post/salecia-johns...


Just as Fairfax County schools is considering major changes to its much-maligned disciplinary policies, a story about a Georgia 6-year-old suggests that zero-tolerance policies remain entrenched across the country — and can lead to evermore bizarre scenarios. Salecia Johnson is shown at her home near Milledgeville, Ga. Police handcuffed the kindergartner after she threw a tantrum. 
In this instance, a little girl named Salecia Johnson had what seems to be a torrential tantrum in her elementary school class. She apparently threw books and toys, tore at wall hangings and threw a shelf that hit her principal in the leg, according to the Associated Press.
A school official called the police. Yes, the police.
The police arrived. An officer pulled out a pair of handcuffs. He snapped them on the girl’s pint-sized wrists.
Police later told the AP that policy mandates they handcuff everyone who is arrested, regardless of age.
Those policy-following police then put Salecia in a squad car and drove her to the local police station. There, they gave her a soda and decided against not charging her with a crime.
Oh, the humanity.
Salecia’s aunt later told the AP that the experience was “horrifying.”
We have heard this kind of protocol-do-or-die story before.
It’s why parents have been hauled into court for missing the school bell in Loudoun County and why a pregnant mother in Hawaii lost custody of her child overnight because she snacked on a sandwich in Safeway.
It’s also why, much more tragically, a good kid from Fairfax was suspended and later committed suicide, prompting Fairfax schools to review discipline procedures.
The current case is also troubling as it provides more evidence of the trend that the Education Department confirmed in March, that African American students are far more likely to be arrested at school than their white counterparts.
The 1990s saw a rise in zero-tolerance policies and school reliance on police as a response to school shootings. The argument followed that nipping problems in the bud would allow teachers and administrators to keep students not just learning but also safe.
A more subtle argument for knee-jerk disciplinary procedures contend that one-strike rules are needed to train children who no longer receive much discipline at home.
The flipside is that over-reliance on procedure and on police negates discretion. And, especially when it comes to kids and behavior, shouldn’t there always be room for discretion?
Otherwise, you end up with absurd results, like handcuffing a 6-year-old.
What do you think? Are zero tolerance policies ever appropriate in schools? If so, when?

Views: 60

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Don't they send the child to the principal's office first  and call the child's parent??

She threw a shelf at the principal, I'm not sure why the parents weren't contacted.... Some schools now don't allow administrators and teachers to restrain students so I guess that's why they called the cops?

OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:

Don't they send the child to the principal's office first  and call the child's parent??

No words!!!

How big is a 6yr old and how heavy is that book shelf?? SMH



Brii said:

She threw a shelf at the principal, I'm not sure why the parents weren't contacted.... Some schools now don't allow administrators and teachers to restrain students so I guess that's why they called the cops?

OLD $PICE PINE NEEDLE said:

Don't they send the child to the principal's office first  and call the child's parent??

Six Year olds are vicious, Y'all didn't know?? *sarcasm* I can't help but think the child must have some sort of behavioral issues/trauma cause little kids just don't turn into the hulk for no reason
This is sad!!!!! In the LA parish that we live in now, fighting gets you an automatic trip to juvie... A 12 year old was taken there a few years back, and was raped. His parents weren't notified until they started inquiring about why he wasn't home from school...
I wish a meffer would arrest and transport my child without my knowledge!!!! Especially not for having a temper tantrum.
They created a petition for her due to the fact that she now has an arrest record


http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-in-the-handcuffing-and-arre...
She was charged with battery and suspended for the remainder of the school year... WTH

Reply to Discussion

RSS

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect


BallerBoards

I usually date only white women...

Started by AllyNWonderland in Talk Ish. Last reply by Nicole 3 hours ago. 51 Replies

This isn't really for advice, just a recent story.I met this guy, we'll call him Tom. Tom is a divorced black 37 year old fire fighter with a 2 year old son and I spoke briefly on the phone and he…Continue

Wayment?!?! WHAT? This fool chopped of his own Peen?

Started by Siren in Talk Ish. Last reply by Brown Skin Beauty 4 hours ago. 6 Replies

A rapper who worked with members of the group Wu-Tang Clan cut off his penis and jumped from a second floor balcony in an apparent suicide attempt,…Continue

The Sweetest Taboo

Started by Ginger McKenna in Talk Ish. Last reply by Ginger McKenna 6 hours ago. 16 Replies

Hey I know a few of you all were checking out my series on my blog called "Is It Bad?" and I appreciate the support. I have completed that series and sent it off to a few publishing companies (wish…Continue

Latest Activity

DiamondsNPearls and BlkButtafly are now friends
1 hour ago
Moving In Silence commented on Eleven8's blog post Floyd Mayweather Makes A Stripped Down Miss Jackson His #WCW
"Seems like somebody's panties are in a bunch."
1 hour ago
Down South Diva commented on Eleven8's blog post Floyd Mayweather Makes A Stripped Down Miss Jackson His #WCW
"He's annoying..I just want Shantel to make it since he's trying so hard to break her"
2 hours ago
Down South Diva commented on Peachkyss's blog post Ballerific Fashion: Rita Ora In DSquared² Fall 2014 White Neoprene Dress, Matching Cape Coat, and Jeremy Scott Adidas Ankle Boots
"I wonder what brand of lipstick she's wearing..her red lip always looks flawless"
2 hours ago
Down South Diva commented on Eleven8's blog post Dwight Howard Has A Man Crush On Teammate Chandler Parsons
"Chandler is so fine...me and my girls all say he's like the robin thicke of basketball"
2 hours ago
Ginger McKenna commented on Eleven8's blog post Floyd Mayweather Makes A Stripped Down Miss Jackson His #WCW
"This dude is such a darn b!tch. Like my dude are you serious? He is acting worse than a woman…"
3 hours ago
Nicole commented on Peachkyss's blog post Ballerific Fashion: Zoe Kravitz Attends Jimmy Choo's Choo .08 Launch In T by Alexander Wang Rib Knit 2 Way Zip Cropped Tank and Cotton Rib Knit Long Skirt
"I have a girl crush on Emmy she is so cute lol"
3 hours ago
Nicole commented on Eleven8's blog post Miley Cyrus Thinks Mike Will Made It Is "Disgusting" & "Murderous"
"Right @SoLuscious"
3 hours ago
Nicole commented on Peachkyss's blog post Ballerific Fashion: Rita Ora In DSquared² Fall 2014 White Neoprene Dress, Matching Cape Coat, and Jeremy Scott Adidas Ankle Boots
"Damn Rita put some grease on them rusty ass knees and I hate. Sneaker heels. But the outfit…"
3 hours ago
Nicole replied to AllyNWonderland's discussion I usually date only white women...
""I think to teach a man to hate himself is much more criminal than teaching him to hate…"
3 hours ago
Eleven8 shared their blog post on Twitter
3 hours ago
Eleven8's 6 blog posts were featured
3 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Baller Alert.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Offline

Live Video