Wednesday, April 18, 2012

10 Disgusting Examples Of Very Young School Children Being Arrested, Handcuffed And Brutalized By Police

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

When did we decide that it was okay to treat very young school children as if they were terror suspects?

When I was growing up, I don't remember a single time that the police ever came to my school and arrested anyone.  But now police are being called out to public schools at the drop of a hat.  All over America, very young school children are being arrested and marched out of their schools in handcuffs in front of all their friends.

For example, down in Georgia the other day police were called out because a 6-year-old girl was throwing a tantrum.  The police subdued her, slapped handcuffs on her and hauled her off to the police station.  Instead of apologizing for this outrageous incident, the police are defending the actions of the officer involved.  But this is not an isolated incident.  All over the country young kids are being handcuffed and mistreated by police.

The following are 10 more disgusting examples of very young school children being arrested, handcuffed and brutalized by police all over America....

#1 At an elementary school in Baltimore recently, three nine-year-old girls and an eight-year-old boy were arrested for fighting and marched out of their elementary school in handcuffs.  The police department is defending handcuffing these kids....
'It’s our policy, regardless of the age, when a suspect is arrested by police, they’re handcuffed. And the reason is just not for the suspect’s safety but also for officers’ safety,' Det. Jeremy Silbert of the Baltimore City Police Department said.

#2 In New Haven, Connecticut a 10-year-old boy was actually arrested by police for giving another student "a wedgie" on a school bus.

#3 Just last year, a 5-year-old boy at a public school in Stockton, California was arrested by police and handcuffed with zip ties because he was committing "battery on a police officer".


How much damage can a 5-year-old kid really do to a police officer?

The boy was ultimately sent to a hospital and forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

#4 A 6-year-old girl down in Florida was "throwing objects, hitting administration personnel and screaming uncontrollably" so police handcuffed the 40-pound little girl and shipped her off to a mental institution for evaluation.

#5 In San Mateo, California a few months ago a 7-year-old special education student was blasted in the face with pepper spray because he would not quit climbing on the furniture.  Police were then able to subdue the boy and he was "committed for a psychiatric evaluation".

#6 Down in Florida, an 11-year-old student was arrested by police, thrown in jail and charged with a third-degree felony for bringing a plastic butter knife to school.

#7 In Texas, a 12-year-old girl was recently arrested by police for spraying two bursts of perfume on her neck.  She was formally charged with a misdemeanor.

#8 A 13-year-old boy at a public school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was recently arrested by police for burping in class.  The police marched him out of school and hauled him over to a juvenile detention center.

#9 Back in 2010, a 12-year-old girl at a school in Forest Hills, New York wrote "I love my friends Abby and Faith" on her desk.  The police were called out and she was marched out of her school in handcuffs in front of all her friends.

#10 A teenage couple down in Houston, Texas poured milk on each other during a squabble while they were breaking up a while back.  Instead of being sent to see the principal, they were arrested by police and sent to court.

In the old days, if a kid got out of line a school administrator would give that child a little paddling and that would be the end of it. These days, police are called out for even the most minor incidents.  I would say that being arrested by police, put in handcuffs and marched down to the police station is far more traumatic that a couple of whacks with a ruler or a paddle.

But the world has changed and our entire society is becoming one big security state. In our public schools today, even the most minor incident could end up being put on the "permanent record" of your child. This is especially true for anything having to do with sex.  School officials have become hypersensitive when it comes to this area.  The following are just a couple of examples....

-When a very young girl recently kissed a very young boy at one Florida elementary school,  it was considered to be a "possible sex crime" and the police were called out.

-A 6-year-old boy was recently charged with sexual battery for some "inappropriate touching" during a game of tag at one elementary school in the San Francisco area.

Do you want your child to be charged with a "sex crime" if he inadvertently touches another kid the wrong way?

Do you want your child to be thrown to the floor, handcuffed and hauled off to a mental institution for burping in class or doodling on a desk?

If not, you might want to pull you child out of the government schools while you still can. The truth is that U.S. public schools more closely resemble prison camps at this point than they do institutions of learning.

Millions of our children are "graduating" from high school dumb as a rock, but all of them are definitely being prepared to live in a Big Brother police state. If there are weapons or drugs involved in an incident, then it is appropriate for police to be called out to a school.

But for virtually everything else, the administrators and the teachers should be able to handle it. Yes, our children are more out of control today than ever before.  But what did we expect?  The family unit in America has been crumbling for decades and our society has become a cesspool of filth and corruption.  Of course our kids are going to behave horribly.

But there is no excuse for what police are doing in many of our public schools.

Police should not be arresting, handcuffing and brutalizing our young children for minor offenses.

What in the world is happening to this country? 

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


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Anonymous said...

No one should be surprised when these kids become adults and stop all social security or medicare to their abusers. If that is the least they do to the adults that have broken their trust the world will be very lucky.
Those of you who are adults right now, these kids will be in charge of your banks, mortgages, hospitals and nursing homes.

Remember that.

Anonymous said...

It is very clear too me who needs the "psychiatric evaluation".

Anonymous said...

The child in theGeorgia incident had already injured a school employee and was destroying an office, throwing chairs and was dangerous to others according to the news report.
If the child does this then the child should be forcibly restrained before others are hurt.
I had a friend who was killed by a 6 year old who school officials had failed to restrain after the child had hit another child in the head with a chair. The
dead friend was 9 years old.
Your opinion will change when it is someone close to you.

Anonymous said...

Gotta get 'em used to them cuffs, shackles, prison garb and strip searches while they're young so they can grow up without any sense of entitlement to their rights and privacy whatsoever or they may even get ideas that they have rights and deserve to be treated with respect or humanity.

Remember, people, "1984" is here!

Anonymous said...

The militarization of our police continues unabated. Police forces were never meant to be a military force. This is why their motto has always been "To protect and serve" the public, not "Shoot to Kill" as it is in the military.

Somehow, people have blurred these distinctions, and now, like the military, the police see the people around them as "The Enemy" to be captured, harassed, and even killed, whereas before the invention of the SWAT team, the police viewed the people as citizens to protect. Today, even the cops themselves don't know what a police force is supposed to be doing. They all think they're G.I. Joe.

Anonymous said...

Today's kids in handcuffs are tomorrow's revolutionaries. At least they find out at an early age that they live in a police state and can plan their lives accordingly.

Anonymous said...

and the supreme court just ruled that everyone who gets arrested should also get a full body cavity search.

Anonymous said...

School officials have little choice but to call in the police. The ineffective parents are too quick to the lawsuit button.

Rob said...

What ever happened to the parents training up their kids instead of expecting the school or police to do it. When I went to school if we did something wrong our parents got a phone call.

Anonymous said...

To all the (I suspect) Right Wingers who are blaming the parents and cheering for the police brutality, please, remember (a) these kids were once the fetuses you "saved" and (b) this is the society you want, the one you have created by disenfranchasing the poor and forcing those mothers to go to work for minimum wage while leaving their kids home alone. You have no one but yourselves to blame. If you think it's bad now, just wait it gets worse, much, much worse. Enjoy the fruits of your labor you bastards!

Anonymous said...

Should I even dare mention that the 6 year old girl in Georgia was black or will that be frowned up by the good loving white Christians? Imagine the outrage of the pseudo-pious if this had been done to a white, blonde, blue-eyed kid, eh?

Anonymous said...

That the police were called and they arrested is the child should not be the shock here since we all pretty much know by now that this is a for-profit police state (except for the Right Wingers, of course, which think this is Socialism/Communism & as soon as Obama is gone everything will be fine - whatever their idea of "fine" is). Anyway, the outrage here should be that she was charged with criminal charges for assault. That should outrage even the most insensitive and humane of the good Christuns. As if a 6-year old child could be expected to take responsibilities for their actions. This is almost as egregious as the case of the judge that allowed a 4-year old to be sued for hitting someone while riding her bike. According to the genius on the bench, she should have known better and should be responsible. Ha! Truly a sewer of a country you Christians have forged for yourselves...and others. Oh, did anyone mention yet that this kid is black?

Odd Job said...

Perhaps if you Americans stopped poisoning your kids with countless vaccines and shite processed foods then they might not freak out and have tantrums so often.

But that aside, if I lived in your country I would be looking for a way out as fast as possible.

Welcome to fascist America....

Anonymous said...

No one of previous generations remembers things like this even the young adults that are coming up's a sign of how times are ending that's all it can be. I mean think about it...and in some of the worst cases of kids throwing tantrums in school they've NEVER called the police for something like that. The teacher would take a ruler and pop your behind real nice THEN when your parent came to get you they would tell them what happened and when you got home you got it. Now the teacher goes to jail, the parent goes to jail, CPS takes away the kid and they get molested in some foster home. That sum it up?

oohoo said...

This is crazy..! There are people that are getting killed raped beaten and terrorized and the police are arresting children. seriously.. that's why everyone hates the police.

Anonymous said...

I gotta say.... Makes me glad I don't live in America! But I can see the process that got it to this point. Teachers/caregivers aren't allowed to touch children. No hugs, no swats, nothing. Otherwise they risk being sued/arrested/fired etc. So when they're faced with an out of control child, they have no other option but to call the police, who strut in full of themselves and their power and often take it too far.
That said, I don't remember the kids I went to school with a decade or two ago acting like these kids are. Some of the behaviors are the same....they're just kids being kids. But you have to ask what is going on with the youth of today that they're being so violent and destructive. So many minors are on prescription drugs that alter behaviors (and often not in the way intended). They're desensitized by violent games and media, eat high sugar foods with questionable nutritional value, are left to their own devices most of the time because their parents are too busy to parent, aren't exercising, are stuffed into crowded classrooms with too few teachers, and are expected to conform. Sit still, put your hand up, do your work quietly, learn in the manner we teach or not at all... It's no wonder these kids are going crazy! -- I'm being driven to madness just thinking about it!

Anonymous said...

I sincerely thought Actiivist Post was more credible and checked out the facts before posting hearsay. I live in Eatonton, GA and I KNOW what happened and it is nothing like what you are portraying in this article. Kids have no right to physically assult authority and think they can get away with it. This kid needed to be handcuffed and shown that kids can't do whatever they want whenever they want to. Does anyone know what discipline is these days? They watch so much violence from the time they are babies it is no wonder they act out as they grow up. Check your facts please before you defend the little terrors that think because they are "children" they can get away with anything!

Anonymous said...

This all started after Brown vs Board of Education.

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