Monday, April 02, 2007

For Reader's Digest Fans - That's Outrageous!

Kindergarten Girl Handcuffed, Arrested At Fla. School
March 30, 2007
AVON PARK, Fla. -- Police arrested a 6-year-old Florida girl and even handcuffed her when she acted out in class. Police officers said Desre'e Watson, a kindergarten student at Avon Elementary School in Highlands County, had a violent run-in with a teacher on Thursday.
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School officials said they were forced to call the local police department, who cuffed the child and put her in a police cruiser. The little girl's mother is angry and said her daughter is usually very respectful.
"I was very upset about that and I feel like they violated my baby's rights," Wilson said.
The chief of police said his officers did the right thing.
"When there is an outburst of violence, we have a duty to protect and make that school a safe environment for the students, staff and faculty. That's why, at this point, the person was arrested regardless what the age," said Chief Frank Mercurio, Avon Park Police Department.
The kindergartner was booked in the Highland County jail and was charged with a felony and two misdemeanors.
Copyright 2007 by wftv.com (click for original story)
(emphases mine)

I've used safe restraining techniques on much larger children...when I was a much smaller person for that matter. I didn't even know you were allowed to arrest a six year old. I really have nothing else to say about this.

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