Milledgeville Police are under national scrutiny after an officer handcuffed a 6-year-old kindergarten student who allegedly threw a tantrum in the principal's office of Creekside Elementary in Milledgeville, Ga.
The child reportedly threw furniture and pulled items off the wall during the tantrum, prompting school officials to call the police.
Local news station 13WMAZ reports an officer attempted to calm the child. When the child failed to comply, she was handcuffed and transported to the police station.
The child's father, Earnest Johnson, told 13WMAZ, "A 6-year-old in kindergarten. They don't have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child."
The child's aunt, Candace Ruff, said the kindergarten student was shaken by the ordeal during which she was reportedly placed in a holding cell, according to WITN.com.
Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord is standing by the decision to handcuff the child.
Swicord said the police department's policy is to handcuff people when they are taken to the police station, regardless of their age, Star.com reports.
The child, according to several news reports, is facing charges of simple assault and damage to property.
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