On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to introduce Salecia Johnson.
A six-year-old from Georgia, Johnson has been known to act up on occasion. Last Friday was no different:
"She threw a temper tantrum at her school," explained the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "(She) began throwing books and toys around. She jumped on a paper shredder, and she tore some stuff off a wall – including a shelf that hit a teacher's leg."
While Morgan does not condone Johnson's outburst, his bigger issue is with the way in which the display was handled:
"How do you think the school responded to this very naughty six-year-old girl," asked the host. "A trip to the head teacher's office maybe? A visit to the naughty chair? Maybe even a request to her parents to come and collect her? Nope."
Creekside Elementary School opted instead to call the authorities, further escalating the incident:
"So the police officer did the obvious thing you do to a six-year-old girl who's having a temper tantrum – stuck her hands behind her back and HANDCUFFED her," Morgan remarked with a touch of sarcasm. "Yep, you heard me. They put a six-year-old girl in steel handcuffs."
According to her family, Johnson was placed in a holding cell, and has been suspended until August. But despite being too young to be formally charged with a crime, both the police and school stand by their actions. Morgan, meanwhile, initially wrote off the over-done discipline as a fictional tale. Not so much:
"What it was, I'm afraid, was an example of petty-minded bureaucracy gone completely, barking mad. Of silly little people failing every common sense test available to them and going bonkers."
Only in America, declares Morgan: "Let me spell it out to those responsible in language even their minuscule brains may possibly understand, loudly and clearly: You PUT A SIX YEAR OLD GIRL IN HANDCUFFS. Shame. On you all."