US cops handcuff unruly girl, 6

2012-04-18 10:08

Miami - Police in the southern US state of Georgia on Tuesday defended their decision to use handcuffs to restrain a 6-year-old girl who threw a tantrum at school.

Police in the town of Milledgeville were called to Creekside Elementary on Friday "to assist with an unruly juvenile who had damaged other students' property, school property and had injured the principal", interim police chief Dray Swicord said in a statement.

The principal told the officer that the student had caused damage to school property and had tried several times to run away from the premises.

"The officer noticed all the damage, placed the student in handcuffs for the student's safety as well as others," the statement read.

When police and school officials were unable to contact the child's parents, "the officer transported the student, handcuffed, to the police station".

Mood swings

However, contrary to earlier reports, police said the handcuffs were removed when they reached the station.

"The student was never placed in a holding cell or jail cell," the statement read. Instead she was taken to a briefing room and given a drink, and eventually an aunt came to pick her up.

"She might have misbehaved," the girl's aunt, Candace Ruff, told local TV station 13WMAZ, "but I don't think she misbehaved to the point where she should have been handcuffed and taken downtown to the police department."

The child's mother, Constance Ruff, said that her daughter was suspended and cannot return to school until August. She blamed the bad behaviour on mood swings.

"She has mood swings some days, which all of us have mood swings some days," she told 13WMAZ. "I guess that was just one of her bad days that day."

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-04-18 10:18

    That kid deserves a damn good spanking! You are a poor mother Constance... Trying to make excuses for your bad parenting! Mood swings... Please woman! You are not disciplining your child!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-18 10:34

      You don't realize that it is illegal to 'discipline' your child in the US? It counts as child abuse and parents can face heavy jail time.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-04-18 10:37

      @ Tony Lapson - Spanking is not the only way to discipline a child. There are ways and means to make a child behave and respect you. This mother clearly does not do that...

  • Stirrer - 2012-04-18 10:22

    She was a little Ruff.

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-04-18 14:24

    Are you retarded? Where ever do u hit a child of six for carrying on like a child? Let me spank you! The school should be sued and so should the police station, hand cuffing a six year old girl? Are you serious? Man i would become an instant millionaire, ill by my six year old a Ferrari and designer cloths and i would let her parade around infront of both places

  • Mike - 2012-04-18 15:26

    isnt it amazing, that when usa banned corporal punishment, schools went down to the point of metal detectors and police. SA banned it and look where our schools have gone and are going?

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