Really stupid things happen in some schools
The Kansas City Star
Who in their right mind would handcuff a kindergarten girl?
The thought sounds unbelievable, yet that is exactly what happened to 6-year-old Salecia Johnson at a Georgia school. The Associated Press reported that Salecia was accused of tearing items off walls and throwing toys and books Friday at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, Ga., which is about 90 miles from Atlanta.
Police said she also threw an item that hit the principal in the leg. School officials called the police. When the officer arrived, the girl resisted so she was handcuffed and put in a patrol car.
The parents and civil rights activists are right to be outraged. What adult can’t handle a 6-year-old without calling the cops? One who shouldn’t be in any classroom or school.
Yet the police are being called far too often in schools nationwide on many simple discipline problems that educators should be able to handle. Zero tolerance policies have gone too far and they disproportionately are used against black and Hispanic children, killing any interest they might have in education.