Cross posted at my blog Penndit.
Ok, so unruly children should be punished in one way or another. I’m not even against a parent spanking his/her child (so long as its very rare).
This, however, is ridiculous.
Video of 5-year-old getting arrested, leaving school in handcuffs
A video camera was rolling March 14 as part of a classroom self-improvement exercise. The camera captured images of the girl tearing papers off a bulletin board, climbing on a table and punching an assistant principal before police were called to Fairmount Park Elementary.
Then it shows the child appearing to calm down before three officers approach, pin her arms behind her back and put on handcuffs as she screamed, “No!”
This child has behavioral problems, and I give the assistant principal (or what looked like the asst. principal) credit for handling the girl as best she could. The girl needs some help with her behavioral problems, but arresting a 5 year old? WTF? I watched the video, and she had been sitting down in a fairly calm manner prior to them putting handcuffs on her.
The girl’s behavior was horrifying, but the arrest was just as difficult to watch.