A Florida grandmother is exasperated after her 6-year-old granddaughter was arrested and charged with battery after throwing a “tantrum” in class.
Meralyn Kirkland said her granddaughter suffers from sleep apnea and was sleep deprived when she threw the tantrum.
Kirkland told WFLA: ”[I said] What do you mean she was arrested? He said, ‘there was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way,”
”She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved. So he says, ‘What medical condition?’ I said, “She has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘Well I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that.”
”They told us we had to wait a few minutes because Kaia was being fingerprinted, and when she said fingerprinted it hit me like a ton of bricks,”
”No 6-year-old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile detention center to be fingerprinted, mug shot,” she said.
The outlet reported that Kirkland’s granddaughter Kaia, the first-grader was handcuffed, fingerprinted and charged with battery after throwing a tantrum and kicking someone at Lucious and Emma Nixon Elementary charter school.
According to DailyWire: ”Orlando Police Department officials told Click Orlando that department policy dictates school resource officers must seek watch commander approval before arresting children under the age of 12, but this particular officer did not do that in either case.”
The outlet reported that another child at the school who is an 8-year-old was also arrested that day. This is not the first time when a Florida child got arrested as a 10-year-old boy with autism was arrested after an outburst in class in 2017.
CNN reported that John Haygood, a student at Okeechobee Achievement Academy was throwing paper balls at students when his paraprofessional told him to take a time out, he refused and kicked and punched the paraprofessional.
John was expelled from the school but returned to take a test after months. He was arrested after refusing to take the test and ”not being compliant.”
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