A 6-year-old schoolgirl was handcuffed and arrested for kicking a school staff member in Florida, US.
The 6-year-old schoolgirl identified as Kaia was arrested, handcuffed and fingerprinted after she threw a kicking tantrum in her Orlando elementary school class and this has sparked outrage as she was charged with battery.
The child’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, told WFLA-TV, “She was charged with battery!”
The angry Meralyn Kirkland revealed her grandchild suffers from sleep apnea, a condition she is working on managing through medication, and was acting out from sleep deprivation. She said her granddaughter should never have been hauled off from her school in handcuffs.
She further added that she was horrified to learn Kaia was arrested on Thursday, September 19, after she kicked a staff member at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Elementary charter school.
Kaia was put in handcuffs and driven 8 miles to Orlando’s Juvenile Detention Center, where she was fingerprinted and had her mug shot taken, the report said.
Kirkland said she received a call from someone at the elementary school informing her the child was in police custody.
“‘What do you mean she was arrested?’ ” Kirkland remembered saying during the unbelievable call.
“He said, ‘There was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way.'”
Kirkland added: “No six-year-old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot.”
Kaia was one of two children arrested that day. The other is an eight-year-old child.