We send our children to school believing that the ones who run the institution are capable of empathetically dealing with their students. However, certain incidents leave many parents questioning this belief. A recent incident reported from Florida will leave you confused. It might even leave you questioning your trust in authorities that are expected to be sensitive to young, impressionable minds.
Meralyn Kirkland’s granddaughter, Kaia Rolle studies at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy. Just like any other day, the little girl was sent to school. However, a call regarding Rolle shocked her.
Officer Dennis Turner, the school resource officer informed Kirkland that her 6-year-old granddaughter was “arrested” as a result of her tantrums. “What do you mean she was arrested, he said ‘there was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way,’” said Kirkland, recalling the call. They told her that the girl who was taken to the head office lashed at and kicked a staff who tried to calm her down.
Kirkland could not believe the incident. She explained to Officer Turner that her grandchild suffered from a medical condition which might have caused the behavior. However, the officer brushed off her comment. “She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved, and he says, ”What medical condition?’ ‘She has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don’t behave like that,'” explained the grandmother quoted Click Orlando.
The Orlando police officers handcuffed the first grader and took her to the juvenile detention. She was then charged with battery. Kirkland, who went to release her granddaughter was outraged after she found more about Rolle’s traumatic experience.
“They told us we had to wait a few minutes because Kaia was being fingerprinted, and when she said fingerprinted it hit me like a ton of bricks. 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,” said the grandmother quoted WFLA.
While she is faced with the repercussions of the arrest including a court date, Kirkland still cannot understand why a first grader should be arrested for misbehaving in school. “How do you do that to a 6-year-old child and because she kicked somebody? A literal mug shot of a 6-year-old girl,” said Kirkland. Rolle, on the other hand, said, “I felt sad that my grandma was sad, and I really missed her.”
Meanwhile, according to Time, the department informed that an internal investigation regarding the arrest was going on. They said that the officer had not taken permission to arrest a minor and had violated the department’s policy for arresting children below the age of 12. They also informed that another 8-year-old had to go through a similar experience.