Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00
Salecia Johnson, age 6, grew frustrated in her Milledgeville, Ga., kindergarten class last year and erupted into a temper tantrum. Unfortunately, it’s something that mothers sometimes must confront with raising young children. But what happened next was not routine, nor should it be happening to Salecia or any other children.
Creekside Elementary school called the police, who said they found Salecia on the floor of the principal’s office screaming and crying. Police said she had knocked over furniture that injured the principal. The African-American child was handcuffed, arrested and hauled to the local police station. She was held for more than an hour before her parents were notified and she was charged with simple assault and damage to property, but didn’t have to go to court because she is a juvenile.
But the ordeal has severely impacted the child. Her mother, Constance Ruff, says Salecia is traumatized, having difficulty adjusting back to school and may never recover. Salecia, she says, has awoken at night screaming, “They’re coming to get me!” Sadly, her case is not an anomaly.