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Old 04-24-2005, 03:39 AM   #1
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5-Year-Old Handcuffed

5-Year-Old Handcuffed By Florida Police On Camera

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A 5-year-old girl was handcuffed by police after she tore papers off a bulletin board and punched an assistant principal in kindergarten class, according to a video released by a lawyer for the child's mother. Caught On Camera: Images Show Girl Being Handcuffed.

The 30-minute tape shows the child appearing to calm down before three officers pinned her arms behind her back and put on handcuffs as she screamed, "No!''

The camera was rolling March 14 as part of a classroom self-improvement exercise at Fairmount Park Elementary, attorney John Trevena said.

Trevena, who provided the tape to the media this week, said he got it from police.

"The image itself will be seared into people's minds when you have three police officers bending a child over a table and forcibly handcuffing her,'' said Trevena, who represents the girl's mother, Inga Akins.

"On the day of this incident, the children were involved in a counting exercise, a math exercise," Trevena told NBC's Today Show. "Apparently the girl got upset because her jelly beans were taken away, something silly like that."

Police spokesman Bill Proffitt told the Associated Press said an investigation into the matter would be complete in about two weeks and the findings would be made public.

The Today Show asked St. Petersburg police and school district officials to appear with Trevena. Both declined that request for an interview.

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Old 04-24-2005, 03:43 AM   #2
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saw this on NBC nightly news.

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Old 04-24-2005, 08:08 PM   #3
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That's just...sad. And an investigation....
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Old 04-25-2005, 06:33 PM   #4
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Uh, that's not really the whole story. That article seems a bit biased, in that it leaves out that the girl had been in the principal's office for over an hour as the principal tried to calm her down. She refused to calm down, making a mess of the principal's office, tearing down bulletin boards, striking and punching the principal, climbing up on tables, and being completely uncontrollable.

When the office tried to contact her mother, the mother said she couldn't come pick her up at that time.

The principal tried to restrain her, but the kid was going nuts. What more could the principal do but call the cops - any further action on her part would definitely have resulted in the principal being sued personally. When the cops got there, she still wouldn't chill out, so they handcuffed her. Good for them. It's not like they pepper sprayed her. The kid needed a serious lesson in respecting authority.

This is a perfect example of what happens when you get an unruly, undisciplined child, whose mother is prepared to sue when her child's behavior goes too far and school officials, who are totally unprepared to deal with this kind of thing precisely for fear of being sued are forced to call the police.

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Old 04-26-2005, 11:40 PM   #5
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When the office tried to contact her mother, the mother said she couldn't come pick her up at that time.

This speaks volumes.
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Old 04-27-2005, 03:15 PM   #6
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I thought the headline a bit intense and after seeing further footage of the girl's behavior I don't know what else could have been done. The child was being extremely belligerant and was uncontrolable. If the parent couldn't come to pick up the child what else was the school to do? I doubt they have a padded "time out" cell (might be a good idea though) and they aren't allowed to physically intervene. I imagine that the child's problem lies somewhere in the home, it should be looked into.
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