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Kindergartner arrested for tantrum

Yes, you read that correctly. I just saw the article over at Slate.com. Not only was the 6 YEAR OLD arrested, she was charged with a felony and 2 misdemeanors. WTF? Sorry, but this upsets me to a degree. I have a 3 year old. I cannot control when she decides she is going to have a tantrum. A six year is only going to be slightly better. Of all the adults involved in this situation, I cannot believe not one had the common sense to deal with the situation instead of calling the police.

If you read the comments, you can tell who has kids and who doesn't. Still THE KID IS ONLY SIX!!!

13 thoughts on “Kindergartner arrested for tantrum

  1. That's freakin' ridiculous!! It's a small child. Children of that age can't control their actions all that well yet. I mean what in the world is this country coming to? *sigh*

  2. You hit the nail right on the head, Lisa…the ADULT caretakers of the child should have been equipped to deal with her.

    But ARRESTING her? That is just insane! It's nothing but a waste of resources needed to go after…ACTUAL CRIMINALS, maybe?

    The cops should have arrested whoever called them about this kid, as punishment for wasting their time.

    And for the record, I don't have kids. But I agree completely with your outrage here.

    I Dugg it, too.

  3. My son went into a disruptive stage when he was in first grade, distracting the class, fighting on the playground, and, finally , biting. WE started family counseling. THE SCHOOL assigned regular visits with a school counselor and THE TEACHER physically removed him from the classrom any time he was disruptive. The behviour lasted less than a month. The counseling continued throughout that school year. What we ALL learned was that removing a child from class twice a week for "special needs " puts a target on him sometimes,and that some kids are afraid to report playground bullying that turnes into very significant physical injuries. My son was reacting to such a situation and was afraid to report it because he had been told that he and I would be killed if he told. First graders believe that crap. The "special needs?" He couldn't pronounce esses and was removed from class twice a week to see a speech therapist. The bullies were brought under control, better playground monitoring was instituted and my son learned better ways to control himself (and that it's alright to tell.) The police were never involved, no child was arrested or even suspended, and the kids all ended up being friends throughout their school years. Why? Because it was handled as children out of control, not a criminal matter.

    When did we throw away common sense in dealing with such situations?

  4. That is just insane. The adults in the school should have taken more responsibility and not have left the reponsibility to the police.

  5. This gets better. Here's the quote from the police chief: "Do you think this is the first 6-year-old we've arrested?" I know I would hope so.

  6. Insane is the right word, that's for sure.

    I would dearly love to know how the parents of the little girl reacted. I don't have any children of my own, but I think if someone had done that to my child there would be hell to pay.

  7. Well i guess i am lucky then that my son has only been suspended. YEP suspended, for pitching fits but never hitting anyone, just whines, and pouts and pitches fits at time. The school system felt that deserved suspending my just turned 6 year old. Oh the other solution is that he needs to be medicated.

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