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April 18th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

Only in America: Piers Morgan on over-done discipline and hand-cuffing a six-year-old

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."

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  1. Esther Guindon

    It would have been great if the teacher could have called the office for support, then take all the other children out of the classroom. No more audience...Move to the side of the classroom anything that has to potential to be harmful. Let her have her tantrum...the child will naturally stop...being patient and waiting it out. Then of course some professionals needs to be involved. If there are mental health issues, it needs to be adressed. If she needs to learn some coping skills or anger management skills...all of the above need to be adressed.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ethel

      Maybe by now you have read the information posted by Kelly about this situation. (She gave details numbered 1 through 5.) I think if you read Kelly's comments, you will get a very good "picture" of what happened in this situation. As for taking children out of the room and letting a child "...have her tantrum"-what would happen if the child hurts him/herself during that time? Then you would say someone should have stopped the child. I think people that were NOT there trying to deal with the situation have NO IDEA what it was like for those trying to deal with this "out-of-control" child! Until you and others "Walk a mile in their shoes"...I think folks should not be so quick to judge...or to say what "should/should not" have been done!!!

      April 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • live_and_learn

        The police were absolutely right....they handcuffed the girl not shoot or taze her if you think about it they merely restrained her from causing any more trouble because in essence thats what handcuffs are restraints...thats why these bad a$$ kids are making life bad for everybody else because because theyre arent any adults out there who want to stand up and be adults...if one of the other kids would have been hurt what do you say "oh I'm sorry I couldnt stop her now your kid is missing an eye"?...I dont think any parent would say ok thats fine...come on people we have to do better

        April 19, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
      • dogg

        I agree with the Police on this one. At 6 years old, the girl knows the basics of right from wrong. She probably just wants attention. Unfortunately the girl went crazy in school. This girl took the teachers time from the rest of the class. This girl took time that the other school administrators need to perform their jobs. This girl took valuable resourses from others students in the school who are trying to learn. This girl also took the time of a Police Officer who could have been out doing better thing than babysitting an unruly child.Bravo to the Police Officer. He did not hing wrong except diffuse the situation that this undisplined girl caused. Who knows what this girls next move may have been? Maybe a knife in the teacher's chest? You never know. Either way, this is the child's parent's fault. She needs more disclipline at home. That is not the school's fault or the Police Officer's fault. They did what was best for everyone. Maybe next time the girl wants to act out, she will think better of it. If not, she may be wearing those cuffs for her appearance in front of the court.

        April 19, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Nicki

        As a mother of two females, 9yrs and 13yrs of age, and my oldest having been diagnose Bi-Polar disorder 1 , and living through manic episodes that would rival any "temper tantrum", I agree with you 100%. It is extremely easy to judge and say what you think you would do in this situation, until it is staring you in the face. I have had to make many hard decisions in the heat of the moment, however in the long run, it was for the better of my children.
        And to make matters worse, apparently the child in this article has a known medical history, and the parents excuse this behavior as a norm. Unfortunately they need to wkae up and realize there may be a larger issue at hand than the "tantrum".

        April 19, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Ben

        Or we could and this is just a parent thinking, treat a kid like a kid. They dont understand the parameters of the world they live in and thus dont understand everything or necessarily know how to jump from play mode to serious in seconds. As for cuffing a baby, you should be ashamed you scared that child like a dam bully. You just taught this "KID" that using extreme force for small situations is ok. GG. You have now scared a child, i hope your proud.

        April 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ethel

        Ben, if you had seen this child on TV...I don't think that you would have made the comment you did!!! She is definitely not a "baby"!!! From reports...this child went beserk...did hurt some folks & could have hurt herself! She HAD to be stopped! (If you have not read Kelly's post (Step-by-step 1-5), please look for it & read it.) No one is "proud" of this situation...but it appears her family is trying to "profit" from the event. In my opinion..."that" is a shame!

        April 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • GetAClue

        Are you all crazy? Maybe the child should have been cuffed so she couldn't cause harm to herself, or anyone else, but by all means, she shouldn't have been placed in a holding cell. Be real. Should she had been restrained? Yes! but arrested and placed in a holding cell at age 6 without permission of parents. NO! Quit being blind on situations you care not to see.

        April 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ethel

        To GetAClue: Please check the FACTS. This child WAS NOT PLACED IN A HOLDING CELL!!! She was taken to the Police Station...but WAS NOT placed in a "Holding Cell"!!! Go to the WMAZ TV in Macon, GA or websites and watch or read "complete" reports...please!!!

        April 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Juliett13

        I have seen the news coverage on this, and the family of the bratty girl seem to feel as though she was acting just like any other kid. Well I guess as a society we have came to the point where little kids are expected to act like destructive monsters and that is sad indeed. Kids acting out violently are the norm and no longer the exception and the teachers are the ones who have to suffer for it as they are expected to sit there and do nothing because these brats are not theirs. I applaud the school for calling the police on this destructive child, maybe kids in that school will now think twice before acting out like that again. It's time people start to take responsibility for their own kids and their bad behavior. U don't have to beat your kids to properly discipline them you know and if you parents out there would teach your kids about respect instead of just letting them run around like wild beasts, we wouldn't have to be reading about things like this, and the poor teachers wouldn't be forced to make these kind of decisions!

        April 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • wiliamarthur

      This only shows how bad parenting in America is today! So much for child abuse stuff...she's a kid that deserves what she got!

      April 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Cynthia

        Teachers are trying to TEACH!! This child has anti-social, unacceptable behavior. If hand cuffs get her attention and help her change....wonderful!!! Why should a teacher who is responsible for an entire classroom even have to witness such incorrect behavior??? The teacher was injured and she should sue that family and get society to sit up, start respecting teachers, and raise socially responsible children. If that teacher had so much as laid a hand on that out of control child, there would have been lawsuit talk buzzing around from the small monster's family. that family should be so, so apologetic and shameful!!

        April 20, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |

        anti-social???naughty child???listen to the labels you people are using for a baby... she is just 6 and you expect her to act how???wow???society is the problem and these comments really do prove expect a child to be able to handle the complexities that society brings to us today when most adults can't handle what the world has turned into???you should not restrain this child in handcuffs...yes you must change her environment in this situation but to restrain her by cuffing her and taking her to the cop station teaching her what by doing so???...this story makes me very sick..

        April 20, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • tonyinlargo

      I agree with what the school officials did. If you're the teacher and you just so much as touch the girl, they would probably sue you and the school board. Then there are the other children that went to school to learn and this girl holds their education hostage !! I also agree with the police who handcuffed her because she could have hurt someone with the stuff she was throwing around. Like someone else said, it's easy to express yourself from the comfort of your home than to be there to deal with it !!! That doesn't subtract form the fact that the girl, as well as her parents, are in obvious need of counseling. That more intellectual approach is after they remove her from the school and hand her over to her parents.

      April 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • abson09

      Handcuffed a six year old girl for her safety, really!!!, That officer needs to man up, this is a totally dishonest statement. this is a shame, and how could someone trust you with the drug dealers money, have you ever brought some home for safety?

      Don't answer it , i think i know the answer.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jerry

      Raise the education requirement needed to become a cop. Almost all cops are zombies. Morons, if you will.

      April 20, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Susie2

        Do you truly want all cops to quit because you think they are morons???? YOU will be left ALL ON YOUR OWN OUT THERE!!!! As to the 6 year old's behavior in school, thank God they did get her out. The school has rules to protect ALL children there. Society has rules!!! Check the prisons, those folks NEVER learned the rules!

        April 20, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Into the fire

        What? Your home boys would be out of a job. Didn't think of that, did you?

        April 20, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. susan

    Unfortunately today there is a different conduct with some children in school. Going by everything Piers said and the news clip they were justified in cuffing this child. She was out of control, throwing things, flinging herself on a shredder machine, hitting her teacher with a object and could have possibly caused injury to herself and others. Many tried to calm her unsuccessfully. If a teacher had tried to restrain her and possibly bruised her, the school would have had a law suite. Parents would jump on a child that had any injury from restraint.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maxie Smith

      Her parents should have been notified immediately. I imagine what they did was reactive and I have to ask myself why? A six year old doesn't just go stark raving up the wall crazy for nothing, there is something amiss here and I believe it lies in the decision process of the police and the school.

      April 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sarah

        According to other articles the school did try to call her mom numerous times but nobody would answer the phone.

        April 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        We are all guilty of taking a story and making a decision without all the facts.
        If the girl was having a fit who are we to say the girl shouldn't have been cuffed or subdued in some manner? WE WERENT THERE!

        April 19, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Maxie Smith

      You said "would" you don't know that, it is an assumption.

      April 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kim

      Absurd...they should have called her parents...not the police. totally moronic, the is a little girl. do you have children? When my daughter was 6 she threw some major tandrums also...I handled it...sence, you know, I'm the adult and she was, well the little kid.

      I sincerely hope they sue the school, they are ill equiped to handle poor behaved kids (and sorry, how many kids at 6 haven't been porrly behaved at one point). Geesh...

      April 19, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tracy

        Kim, you have no idea the affects your awful child is having on the other children in the class. If the child cannot be controlled, they need to be removed from the environment in the best method possible, giving the other students in the class a safe environment to live in.

        April 19, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Razor

        spell.check. number one.
        yeah, sue the school. because they are, after all, apparently babysitters for the likes of you. Take the "little girl" out of public school where she disrupts everyone else, better yet, let her mother handle her on her own. You people are always looking for someone to sue instead of taking responsibility for yourselves.

        April 19, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • native

        Kim, this is what happens when journalists give biased information. The school and authorities tried to call the parents MULtIPLE times! Mom was at home with no minutes on her cell phone. The aunt was the one they finally got in touch with and the mother didn't find out about the situation until long after it had been resolved.

        April 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • ashley in mid GA

        THE CHILD WAS NOT IN A HOLDING CELL!!! She was taken to a room and given a coca-cola. The administrators tried desperately to contact her parent(s) and was unable to reach her. And not the first time mind you. Piers' take on this "story" is uninformed, plagued with assumption and a gross misrepresentation of the facts. This child has anger issues albeit presumed, and based on the response of the family I fear she won't get the help she needs. My advice to the administrators, keep the cuffs handy. Your safety should not be compromised by the unruly violent behavior of someone elses child. Kudos for a job well done!!!!

        April 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Susie2

        Kim that is fine for your child to have a tantrum when they are with you to HANDLE it. Society has rules,and this child is ill equipped to be in society if the family has not taught them those rules. Others have a right to be safe too! Go administration!!!!!!

        April 20, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Trice

    I absolutely agree. It's unfortunate that it had to come to that, but you have to err on the side of caution. From the sounds of it, this was more than just "bad behavior." If the child had already done that much damage she could very easily have injured herself or other students. Had the teacher or school officials used excessive force to restrain her, keep her away from objects that could harm her or others, etc not only could they have injured the child but they would definitely have a law suit on their hands. Undoubtedly, the headlines would have read a lot differently had another child gotten injured or if excessive force was used against the child by the school.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mo

      Would have been better for you if she was 3yrs old maybe or would it even matter.. shes a black baby so what the hell.. just as long as she's not white right?

      April 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lee

        It's not a black and white thing. It is about school having to deal with kids whose parents are too sorry to raise their childern. The same people who blame the schools, tv, music, video games, and movies for their kids turning out to be total screw-ups.

        April 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Middle GA Teacher

        I am a BLACK teacher who lives near this child. It is not a black/white issue, and the news did not accurately portray what really happened. The fact of the matter is that her mom did not answer the phone because she is tired of her own child. She was never put in a holding cell. Once she reached the police station, they gave her a bottle of water and sat her in a chair. The Department of Family and Children's Services should offer parenting classes, ways to cope with children who has an Emotional/Behavioral Disorder and plain old stupidity! I surely hope that I won't have to teach this child in the years to come.

        April 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lynne

        I completely agree with Middle GA Teacher, this is not a black/white issue, This is a personal responsibility issue. We as a society must begin to hold parents responsible for their children. There are plenty of irresponsible parents, black, white, and brown and that needs to change. Mo, give the race card a rest and focus on the realy problem here.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • KStep

        Please tell me how this is about race. This is about a six-year-old girl that doesn't know how to behave. Whether it's a medical condition, or she's just spoiled, it doesn't matter. It also doesn't matter what color she is – she was bad and out of control.

        How is this a black/white issue? The girl shouldn't act that way!

        April 19, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
      • EaglesQuestions

        Wow. You really convinced a lot of people with that flawless logic, huh?

        April 19, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
      • friedwatermellon

        She was going beserk like a wild Chimpanzee

        April 19, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Carla

        Seriously, what difference does that make Mo? The kid was out of control and has a history of doing this so , maybe they scared her enough that she won't want to use this behavior again. I hope so.

        April 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Susie2

        I'm so sick of people throwing up color for everything that happens! First, a 6 year old is not a baby. Second, all you are saying is the child is black and able to do as she WISHES. Sorry Mo society has rules and it sounds like you haven't learned that yet either. Who cares what color you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        April 20, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Blackman

      People like you turn every situation into a race thing.....what's race got to do with this. If your child was severely injured by the 6-yr old in question, obviously you will be singing another tune. It's so disheartning when losers like you respond to serious discussion.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. George

    I think that Mr. Morgan again displays his lack of understanding of American society, especially of the American educational system. In such a litigious society schools and teachers must operate with figurative hand-cuffs on. There is very little that a school or teachers can do in such situations. They must be concerned about the other children and staff. It seems very narrow of Mr. Morgan to be so categorical in his judgmental condemnations. I would challenge him to try teaching elementary in a poor inner-city or rural school for a year. Then he could speak more authoritatively on such issues. Otherwise he should be a bit more fair in his assessments.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mo

      You no darn well none of you would be saying anything like this if the lil girl was white.. racism shows his nasty face regardless of age of child.

      April 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Wayne

        I see more handcuffs in her future. The mother obviously does not want to take any steps to control what she is responsible for.

        April 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        yeah, because if she was white this wouldn't have happened. Its amazing what parental involvement can do in a child's life.

        April 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Susie2

        Sounds like you have a BIG case of racism!!!!!!!!!!!!

        April 20, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Maxie Smith

      Yes, our teachers hands are tied in many situations but they do have some recourse. Calling the police, handcuffing and jailing a 6 year old should never have been an alternative. Frankly, I question the character of the school and the police in making that judgement and decision.

      April 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sarah

        I'm curious, what else do you think the school should have done in this situation? The child was a danger to herself and others and school staff cannot touch kids for fear of being sued and/or fired. Should they have just let her continue throwing things and hurting other people? She had already hurt two other children and the principal. Schools have absolutely no authority over out of control children. You can't take away teacher's authority and then complain when they have to call someone who does have authority to deal with an out of control child. It's one thing to get all righteously indignant but it's another thing to actually come up with a solution to the problem.

        April 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Duncan

        What would you have done with a child not your own but responsible for and be able to keep your job and out of law suits to control a self righteous little girl like that, if anything it stands as an example for any child who acts the same way

        April 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Norm Harruff

        I doubt if you or Piers Morgan have the experience to voice a qualified opinion. Unless you have had the responsibility of one of the people involved (Not including the mother, probably most of us are qualified to voice an opinion on how to mother.) it is like telling your doctor how to remove your appendix.

        April 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tearlag

      My husband, while working as a TA in New York was reprimanded for breaking up a fight between two young students. He was told that teachers and staff are not allowed to touch the children, even to break up a fight. They were just supposed to call security and let the kids fight it out until they arrived. The aggressor of the two actually punched my husband, being that the child was small, it did not damage, but when the parents finally arrived at the school, they had the audacity to ask what my husband did to "make" their child hit him. Bully's are created at home.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kay J.

    Shame indeed! There's just not much more one can say.....

    April 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ethel

      I think the "shame" is that this child has not been taught respect for authority...that her relatives (and others) are faulting everyone EXCEPT the child for the situation...and that "The Media" is so quick to put information out before they have ALL the facts! I hope you have read the information posted by Kelly and "Middle GA Teacher" about all of this. Children should be taught to listen to and obey the teacher. When any child "acts up" at school, responsible parents work WITH school personnel...and do NOT turn to "The Media" to complain! Since the child damaged and defaced public property, I believe that the parent(s) need to be responsible for the cost of repairs and/or replacement of the items involved.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Maxie Smith

    There is a lot missing in this story and questions that should have been asked. Why and what provoked the temper tantrum, has this been an issue and addressed before, why weren't her parents called...etc. And given all that it does not justify handcuffing a 6 year old child. The school officials and police are justifying their actions which I would find amusing, if it weren't so pathetic, against a 6 year old child's behavior. Did they think she was demonic or a small terrorist that infiltrated a public school classroom? This is discipline in the extreme, bordering on abusive I might add, and should not have been used on any level.

    April 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ethel

      You are so right...THERE IS A LOT MISSING IN THIS STORY...and "Shame on CNN & Piers Morgan (ALL "Media")...& you" for not getting ALL of the facts before you fault the school system & the police! After extreme misbehavior in her classroom, this child WAS sent to the principal's office...where among other things, she threw furniture, tore things from the walls, marked on walls, turned over a bookcase, injured the principal...AND tried to run away from the school!!!!! As others pointed out, if school employees had tried to restrain her and had left ONE mark or bruise, there would have been all sorts of problems for that person! Many calls WERE made to contact her family! When they could not be reached, the police were called. The police handcuffed her, took her to the police station...and finally reached a family member who came and got her. She was NOT put in a "cell" of any kind!!! Why aren't you asking, "Why did the child not OBEY authorities...including the police?" Putting this child...that behaved so badly...on national TV seems absolutely absurd! (Reinforcement for BAD behavior!) You said that the "discipline...should not have been used on any level." I would like to know what YOU think COULD have been done to control this child that would not have resulted in a law suit? As I said at the beginning...shame on everyone that has "weighed in" on this situation without having ALL of the facts!

      April 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Maxie Smith

    Well of course the school will say anything to justify their actions. I would like to know how or by what means were used to get the handcuffs on the little girl? If this has happened before (?) why weren't there actions taken before this, they could have told the parent(s) this is what we will do if this happens again...blah, blah. I just don't think they took all the steps before the arbitrarily decided at that point in time to handcuff her and take her to jail. There ARE steps that should have been taken before this event. I would also like to know if this was the first time this little girl had acted in this way what in the world would provoke such a reaction. Don't they have school counselors and what is the element of trust this little girl can rely on when in a class room situation? I would like to give credence to the police and the school and laud them for the jobs they undertake but there is, in this case, something altogether lacking in their judgment and decision making process.

    April 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ethel

      Again...If you had ALL of the facts you would know that this child HAD acted out in the past. (This was admitted by her mother and reported by local media in Macon, GA.) The mother HAD been called to the school on several times about the child's behavior. Since the school is prevented by privacy laws from disclosing what has been done, we can only "guess" what they did. My guess would be that there HAS been MANY efforts by school personnel to help this child. It is sad that people want to "defend" what this child did! It is time to support school personnel and police...and to teach children and young people to respect and obey authorities!

      April 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tami

        I agree with you and as an elementary Teaching Assistant I have meet many children in the past and present just like this little girl. Unless you are trained and certified in restraint you must not put your hands on a child. Let them toss your room break anything and wait it out. Only if there is a physical threat to that child do you step in. So, do I think calling the police was a good idea? Hell yes! they are trianed and quilified to restrain.

        April 20, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sarah

    So what would Mr. Morgan have done in this situation? If he was a teacher and he had a violent, out of control child who had already hurt some people (including the principal) how would he react? He wouldn't be able to touch the child for fear of being sued/fired, so trying to restrain the child is completely out of the question. Meanwhile the child is screaming at the top of her lungs and throwing herself on the paper shredder and trying to break glass and hitting the other children. Do you just let the child go ahead and destroy property and harm herself and others? If the teaches had done that then Mr. Morgan would have done a righteously indignant story about the callous and lazy teachers who didn't try to stop this child from hurting herself and others. So what in the world are teaches supposed to do in this situation? It's such a no-win situation for schools, and people like Piers Morgan are eager to jump on them no matter which choice they make.

    April 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Lynne

    Wow, what a spin Piers Morgan likes to put on this story. We have the cute little girl who he described as "a naughty 6 year old having a temper tantrum". How much sympathy would we get if she was "an out of control child having a violent and destructive episode"? Five years ago I might have questioned what happened here, but after working in a public elementary school I say GOOD JOB. I cannot believe how violent and disrespectful that children behave and what is more appalling is how quickly their parents are to blame someone else. It is funny to me that despite multiple calls to parents by both the school and police, parents were no where to be found and now they are available for every television interview they can get. People need to take responsibility for their children and quit expecting schools to raise them for you. They children you should feel sympathy for are those in this child's class who have been subjected to her destructive behaviors. I can guarantee you this was not the first time that this happened.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Kelly

    Wow you guys really don't have the facts again....You wrote your opinions before even reading the official reports from the school and police.

    1. The 6 year old girl pushed two kindergarten kids and threw things off the teachers desk, endangering children in class.

    2. The child was taken to the principal's office. When the teacher and school counselor took her, the child ran away, running in the halls screaming.

    3. When they finally got the child inside the female principal's office, the child continued her aggressive behavior. The female principal was attacked by the child who threw objects in the office at her. The child also tore things off the wall and threw them. The child also knocked over shelves, hitting the principal trying to stop her. The child was also jumping and stomping on things like the shredder and glass. The child even gnawed on the doorknob in an attempt to get out. Principals these days are not allowed to physically discipline a child. It's obvious the girl wasn't responding to verbal discipline so of course they had to call the police.

    4. When the police got there, the child continued with her aggressive behavior in the office so they put her in handcuffs to calm her down.

    5. The reason the girl went to the police station is because the parents did not respond to the school or police when they tried to contact them. They later had to track down her aunt who was the one who picked her up from the police station.

    Please take off your blinders and realize this child was not so innocent.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kelly

      Just to add...From his opinions, you can tell Piers really lacks the understanding of public American schools and how easy it is for parents to sue teachers and the principal if they lay a hand on their child. I don't think he did any in depth research on this case.

      April 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cJordan

        i agree completely. what else can they do ? the child has deep behavior problems that the parents refused to handle at home. many of today's youth act out their aggressions without restrain. i'm sure the kid will be in jail many times in the next 10 years.

        April 20, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Nessa

      Thanks for giving us the scope on what actually happen. I completely agree, people need to know the real facts of the story before they go around voicing their opinions. This girl needed to be restrained and the school did everything within their ability, when that didn’t work they had to call on a higher authority. Hopefully this girl can get the help she needs.

      April 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Private /former public school teacher

      Good job, Kelly! This story has completely disrupted an entire community....Utterly ridiculous! Knowing people involved I can say that it was handled in the best possible way. It is amazing how people outside the fields of education and law enforcement have the audacity to think that they have any insight in this situation AND the media conveniently leaves out key facts. It most definitely was not a race issue. You cannot even begin to imagine what public teachers have to deal with....Completely clueless! It's very easy to pass judgement from a cushy office in a big city when you are pulling down a huge salary and you have no idea what you are talking about . Baldwin County is a hard working community and it has a strong school system with excellent teachers who deal tough issues.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. KStep

    Piers, come hang out with us teachers before you say this. She was already given a trip to the "head teacher's" office – and she injured the teacher. Unless you are living this, every day, do not put the school and police down for what they did. At some point, parents and students have to be responsible for "acting out."

    April 19, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mark

    I hope this child is expelled from school. The role of a teacher is to teach, not to be a baby sitter to someone who should have learned proper behavior at home. If as a 6 years old she is not scared of authority, can you imagine how she will behave ten years down the road?

    April 19, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. John

    Good for the school. This kid has a history and the parents obviously aren't doing their job. In today world you don't have a choice. If a teacher touches that kid to restrain here then its a lawsuit. Maybe now the parents will take control of their kid, before the state does. A 6 yr old so out of control ?? Bad parenting and Piers should know the difference and not be trying to make money from this. That kid needs to be punished not glorified. Piers Morgan needs to mind his own business on this one unless he's going to provide money for counseling for the kid and her parent on how to be good people.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mag

    I think they did the right thing. She was obviously a danger to herself and others. I would think that the parents don't have much control over her at home either. Wonder if she'll try it again!

    April 19, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Chris

    Seriously Piers do have one single bit of a clue about what goes on in schools in this country??
    This kids parent is who is responsible for this kids behavior. One big fail on her part. The time to step in is now or we're just going to have another gang banger bad mom who at 16 will pass on the bad parenting skill her mother has taught her. Its called a cycle and this is how is starts. You are a horrible reporter. you should be working for the Nat Enquirer with reporting like this.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Jen

    It's terrible! This story has me so mad. If a teacher acted that way...they would be hauled off in handcuffs and everyone would be cheering. Just because it happens to be a 6 year old child, shouldn't change it. She is a quite big 6 year old and obviously isn't being disciplined at home, has behavioral issues or something. If my child was in that classroom with this girl, I would have wanted something done. And if this was my 6 year old, it would have served her right to behave in such a manner.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Mia

    I agree that this is not a race issue. This is a behavioral issue. I have three kids ranging in age from seven to twelve. We are very close. If my kids behaved like this at school, I would be thankful that the school staff called the police and that the police handcuffed him/her. With this extreme behavior, I can't come up with another solution to stop it. I can't come up with a solution, because situations like this can get volatile quickly.

    My kids generally behave well, yet, there have been a few times when I have been somewhat afraid of them when they are in the throes of a tantrum. While reading some of the clarifications from readers, I felt a mixture of emotions. I was appalled at the child's behavior but most importantly I felt sympathy for this child, for the mother, for the school staff, and for the police officer(s). The solution is complicated and multifaceted.

    Let's help each other rather than attack each other. Based on the article and reader feedback, the core of the problem is likely the parent and child. People do not naturally become good parents or good kids. It takes a lot of work and trial-and-error. The parenting technique must be dynamic and adaptable from situation-to-situation, from age-to-age, from personality-to-personality. Often parenting means making the kids do things (themselves) that you really want to do "for" them. Sometimes, good parenting means watching the kids make their own mistakes. Sometimes, good parenting means suffering with the kid when they are punished. These concepts are counter-intuitive. For many people who didn't grow up with this, they don't think about it. A classic example is people who hardly work out. When they do, they experience bodily soreness. They may not be able to walk, yet the results aren't achieved until they bypass their natural aversion to pain, until they differentiate between the different kinds of pain.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reasonable Blackman

      Excellent contribution. You just hit the nail on the head, you're absolutely correct.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. stephen

    Pierce Morgan is a pompous British PR!CK who loves to push people's button to make sure he gets the ratings. He's an idiot who has no comprehension of American culture. The authories TRIED several times to notify the parents to no avail. Why do you think the child throws fits? Do you think that with proper discipline, that this child would act out? If you can't reach even one of the parents, then how can you assume that they even care about this child? Kids nowadays act out because the parent's allow them. Look at the asian cultures? Do you see their kids act out this way in public? I have no problem with the police handcuffing the 6 year old to protect others and prevent any self inflictions. You have to err in the side of caution. The British are too soft on parenting...that's why we kicked their behinds in the revolution. I can say that the ones who failed the child are her parents.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Beth

    I couldn't agree more. It's very apparent that this couldn't have have been a one time isolated incident. I imagine more information will come out over time. I expect this was intended to be a wake-up call to the parents to take some responsibility in disciplining thier daughter. I am a Mom of a three year old boy, I can't even imagine my son having a fit in this fashion. the parents have already lost control. I ask you what Mom and Dad go MIA?? As a parent, that phone should always be near by. Seems to me they WANTED the school to take care of it. And so they have. Kudos to the Principal.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. puckles

    It is obvious that this girl's parents are trash and she is too. She deserved to be cuffed. I am sure this will be one of many run-ins with the police for this girl. Kudos to the cop who cuffed her. Maybe it will teach mommy and daddy a lesson and they will get their acts together. It is not the responsibility of the school to deal with some idiots out of control child.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dobro

      Spoken by someone who obviously knows what it's like to be trash.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son

        After reading several of your comments I would say you by far out ‘trash’ the people you are responding to.

        April 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DS

      Agreed. I would have never considered showing disrespect to my teachers because of the consquences. No one is apologizing for the kids behavior or holding her responsible. She's learning how to blame others for consequences.

      April 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. marsha

    Calling what this child did a "Tantrum" is not at all accurate. This was a violent rage and even a 6 yr. old can seriously hurt someone or themselves. From people posting that know true facts, this is clearly not the first incident with this child. I'll give the teacher the benefit of the doubt that she acted quickly to try & calm this little girl to keep her and all classmates safe. Blaming the teacher, Principal, school, police or this child misses the problem completely. There's obvious problems with this child that need to be addressed and handled with the parents and health professionals. Discipline is part of a teachers job, controlling violence even from a 6 yr. old is not. Sad the police had to get involved but hopefully it
    will force getting the needed help.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • marsha

      I want to add, this kind of behavior is larger than just an undisciplined child. If it's problems with the parents, the child needs someone to intervene on her behalf. Child protective services might need to be called. This 6 year old needs help.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Jomm

    Product of our society now. We allow children to get by with so much and put so much restrictions on adults and now look what we are breeding out. these violent kids are getting younger and younger.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Bob

    The kid has problems. She should be in a special class. But, as usual the parents cannot see there little darling doing anything wrong. Was the school to wait till she seriously hurt another child. !

    April 19, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. David L J

    Piers, you're a moron, to comment on something you know nothing about, how foolish you look. The child is a brat and her parents are worse. The school and the cops did exatly what they should have done. They should arrest the parents for bringing such a poorly raised helion into the school system!

    April 19, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dobro

      So why are you such a moron as to comment on something you certainly know nothing about?

      April 19, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. BeenThere

    My son is 15 years old and I remember when he through a tantrum in the same manner, I did my best to teach him a lesson. To my dismay, years later, he is sitting in a detention cell. When I bought up this story to him and asked him his opinion, he said...she needs help to get her anger out, however he said referring to himself, "If that would have happened to me, perhaps, I would have stopped long time ago, realizing where I could end up." No, I don't agree with handcuffs, but tough lessons lead to the beginning of healing. As a parent, it was hard seeing my son, hand cuffed but I realize, I softened his behavior, making excuses and it didn't help him. It hurt him. This mom needs to be real with what her kid is doing. It is violent and manipulative...and now that she made an issue on the news guess what? She is teaching her child shecan get away with such behaviors with justification...I can say this, because I did it. I had to get real with myself and thank God I did, my son gets it now and so do it. I hope this mom gets a clue before it's to late.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Dobro

    If this is not the first time that this kid had a tantrum, I am not sure why everybody seemed to be totally unprepared. I don't know if this school has a special education unit (all the links are currently blocked), but those teachers are trained to deal with tantrums and how to restrain a child so that he/she or any others do not get hurt. They often also have special rooms where kids cannot hurt themselves. Assuming they do have such a unit, they should have contacted them first. Calling the authorities is totally ridiculous. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • sher

      I've seen children have these episodes and they are not tantrums. They are violent, out of control, adrenaline fueled attacks. Even if you are trained to restrain a child it is almost impossible to do so without injury to yourself or the child. A school should not have to restrain a child anyway. Any child with a serious mental condition, which this is, should be in a special school or in the care of a psychologist. Again, this is NOT normal behavior.

      April 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn

      The child in question has behavioral issues which may not be emotional issues. There is a difference. The school has probably started the process to get her help which can take years based on the current federal regulations.A child who does not have a current special education individualized plan cannot be sent to special education rooms, and most time-out rooms are now considered abusive. What many of you do not realize is that the school followed behavior protocols set down by both federal and state laws. We cannot touch children even if they hurt us. The girl in question is having a fantastic time! She is on TV and people are so worried about her. What about the other children in the classroom? Who supervised them during this time? How much learning/instructional time was lost because this "poor" 6 year old baby decided to destroy items, hurt teachers,frighten children, and generally try to control school. Who is going to pay for the destroyed items? As teachers, we spend our own money for many materials.
      She was not placed in a holding cell. She was given a coke in a conference room until a relative could be located. With some parents, there are never current or correct phone numbers. They like to give you the number of a local business because they are sick of dealing with the tantrums, too. Anyway, as an elementary special education teacher of over 30 years, my first graders usually respond to traditional behavior plans when they have tantrums. However, I have had 4 children threaten to murder other children this year, and they have been very specific as to how they planned to do so. Many children are raising themselves, and they desperately need help. However, I have scars on my arms where I tried to lovingly restrain a 6 year old special education student at the zoo while following his individualized education plan. His tantrum was all because the parents forgot to administer his medication that morning, and he wanted me to buy him a toy. The paramedics had to be called for me due to a black eye, bleeding scratches, and other injuries.
      Mr. Morgan, do you think teachers should be abused this way? It happens daily. Most importantly, do you think the OTHER children should have to be taught in this type of environment? You demonstrated very poor and biased journalism, in my opinion. By the way, this child you are so worried about will be evaluated eventually, and will probably not be allowed to receive special education services unless she has emotional or health issues. If she has just learned these behaviors at home, she will be terrorizing children until she seriously hurts someone. As a special education teacher, I can assure you that the laws need to be changed so we can help children. We want to help them. Also, if you had reported this as a journalism student, you would have failed your assignment due to biased reporting and an astonishing lack of background research. These behavior situations are not an anomaly in Great Britain or the United States. You have not helped this child or the people parenting her through validating violent behavior.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ethel

        Lynn...Your comments are so "Right on"!!! Thank you!

        April 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Myrtie Webb

    It sounds like a form of epilepsy and she should have been taken to the ER.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jax44

      Epilepsy?!? You need to look up what it is before you start throwing out terms that you don't understand.

      April 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  28. Rick

    Naughty, is that what you call this? Naughty is writing on walls or talking when told to be quiet. This child was out of control. Do you ask how long the child was acting out of control before the police were called? How long did the police spend trying to calm the child down before handcuffing her? How would you control this child? If they held her in some manner and the child was bruised you would be calling it child abuse. I completely support the school and the police. From what I heard, the parents didn’t even pick the child up at the police station. The problem is at home not with the school. Please put the attention where it belongs.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Cheyenne

    What is not in the story is that the school attempted six times to contact the mother. The city has a policy that anyone who is put into a police car must be placed in handcuffs. If this child had hurt another student you can bet that child's parent would have sued not only the school, but the teacher as well. When will parents be held accountable for the way they choose to parent their child. If this child has a history of this type of behavior and she has no underlaying medical issues why is she allowed to continue to behave in this mannor.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Geni Holme

    Sounds like that child needs to be introduced to the concept of DISCIPLINE. Handcuffed? Deal with it. She should be suspended if not expelled until she learns to act right. Yet ANOTHER case where the parents don't want to parent but pitch a fit when the school has to do it.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Josie

    Sorry but the officer was right. First of all a 6 year old KNOWS what he or she is doing. This was beyond a "temper tantrum", this was destruction of property, putting herself and her classmates and teacher at risk. If this is an on going problem with her, then the parents need to wake up and get HELP. Because if they don't it will only get worst. If it isn't a medical problem then disclipline works just as well. I have a 7 year old and a 9 year old, and one is sever ADHD, on meds as well. Even he knows that doing something like this would result in a punishment he would not like. Take care of your child because if you don't now it will be too late.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Liz

    I have a six year old daughter and if she behaved like that I would be fine with handcuffs as that might be the only thing that would wake her up. It is just socially unacceptable. Period. Even if there is a medical situation here, we still have to think of the childs safety and the safety of those around her. They did what they did to PROTECT. If they had not then the school would be in far deeper trouble. If there was such a serious medical condition, and I am not discounting this, then the previous actions on prior days should have been a warning bell to get her help. Until you teach or volunteer in public schools, you really don't have a clue to the hard work that goes on everyday to keep kids educated and safe. So many parents say goodbye to their kids in the morning and really never get too involved, either due to the necessity of working or because they choose not to. Futher more, if this child were let back into the very same classroom after this had occured and my child were in that classroom, you better believe I would be fighting mad to get that kid away from mine. It really is a shame this occured, and it is even more of a shame that there is no easy solution here. Even if they let this kid back into the classroom, the parents have chosen to make it a huge public display so you know every teacher and student thinks this kid is trouble. I wonder if the parents thought far enough ahead to realize that even transferring her to another school to start over is now going to be a challenge because of the media? If they were looking for sympathy it doesn't seem like they are getting it by looking at all of the posts so far. A previous poster mentioned sympathy for all in this situation and I would agree. There is obviously something serious going on that we do not know about and now the family has chosen to bank on this popularity to try to blow it out of proportion even more. The media again has decended like a vulture on fresh meat, and for what? I never comment on these posts but have to say shame on Piers Morgan and the media. I do hope this family gets help to correct this.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Chanie

    I think it's messed up that a school of adults cannot take control of a situation. No I wasn't there and no I don't know all all of the facts. But what I do know is that was WRONG!!!! What is going on with the people in this world????? She was a 6 year old CHILD! There are other ways to control children instead of handcuffing them! That would be child abuse in my eyes!

    I'm from Canada and it's bad enough that teachers over here think they are co-parents and thus can tell us parents what we shouldn't or should do with our kids. They should have called her parents or have gotten the guidance department who should have been trained for situations like this. It's obvious that teachers today do not know what they are doing along with the administrators and Police. Really, handcuffs on a 6 yr old little girl????? ONLY IN AMERICA! I agree with Piers Morgan 150%!!!!

    Would you all like it if it was your child?????

    April 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • GA resident


      Please do a quick Google search and find the local GA milledgeville news station and read the story. Pierce Morgan conveniently left out several facts about this. Such as the school tried several times to contact a parent or guardian and could get NO answer. They were left with no choice but to contact the police. Once the police arrived and saw further disciplinary actions from the child, such as throwing furniture and tearing things off walls eventually hitting a teacher with furniture. If an adult did this they would be charged with battery and assault. In Canada, someone other than the parent may be able to discipline kids but here in the USA nosuch thing can happen anymore. Calling a child by the wrong name can get you fired these days let alone a teacher or principal or police trying to calm the 6 yr old child down. If a teacher or police officer say accidentally touched the girls arm she could then cry harm and harassment. then guess what, the parents sue the police department, the school, the public school system and the city. Guess who that 6yr old hurts then. Everyone in the community who pays taxes. Now the family of the 6yr old gets rich and everyone has to pay more taxes. I dont think so. Handcuff that 6 yr old immediately. The blame should be put on the parents for not teaching the kid properly or getting the correct help for the child and for not answering the numerous phone calls from the school and police. SHAME ON PIERCE MORGAN for leading you to FALSE accusations of the school system and police department. SHAME ON PIERCE!!!!

      April 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stop

      They did try to call the parents and they could only find Auntie. The baby-daddy is obviously not around.

      Please stay up in that frozen wasteland you call a country.

      April 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynne

      Maybe you should go back to Canada and Piers should go back to Britain. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!!!

      April 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn

      We are not considered co-parents in the United States. We are educators functioning under laws made for us by the state and federal government. My son had some tantrums at two years old. That is normal, and we handled them. I am from Georgia, and understand how limited the resources are for the schools and the families. What you have not bothered to research is that this child has demonstrated violent mood swings, according to the mother. Medical evaluation must be a factor in this situation, and if the mother receives Medicaid,the help would be free for her. Another factor is that the counselor is probably being shared between two or three schools and may not have been there. All you have focused on is the way this child's reign of terror was ended: handcuffs, a ride to the police station, something to drink in a conference room, and a continued attempt to contact the mother who did not pick her child up from the police station; the aunt did. Stop judging until you get the facts. One of the 1st graders in my department brought a kitchen knife to school this year to stab a friend because she had rolled her eyes at her on the playground. What consequences would you have suggested for that? My son was bullied for about two years in the third and fourth grades. When we discussed this with the principal, he told us my son was a target because he had both parents at home, turned in his homework each day, and tried to stay out of trouble. My husband and I are both teachers. We were not impressed with the principal's answers and a bullying program was started. `After our son reached six feet by the time he was 13, all bullying stopped. However, we had to fight to protect him just because he was doing what any child should be doing. Should children who don't throw tantrums have any rights? Get a grip, people! The video shows a child that will be taller than I am when she is 8 or 9. There is the potential for very serious harm to others. Many children learn disruptive behaviors at home through watching their parents do the same things they are doing. I had a parent start to slap me this year during car rider duty because we insisted that she sign her child out of school. The mother was 20 minutes late picking up her child for the 5th time that week ,and she does not work. She was getting her nails done and they were not dry. This type of problem is rampant. Help us instead of criticizing. Teachers do not have rights in Georgia.

      April 20, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Maury

    It is no wonder we cannot encourage young people to become teachers. We have too much liability associated with it. I am a retired teacher and a classroom scares me now. The teacher has to be so careful of what is aid and done, all without the hugs and tenderness of a respected teacher. The parents of this country have gotten lazy and think more about themselves than their children. How can the nanny shows on TV be so popular? All she does is show and tell the parents how lazy they have been. The good news is I am beginning to see more responsible disciplining from "older" parents of young children.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Lizzie

    The teacher (and the school) has to worry not just about the 6 year who is throwing the tantrum but also the safety of the students around her. What if that bookshelf she tore off the wall hit one of her 6 year old classmates? She could have seriously injured another student. Or what if that bookshelf fell on her and she was injured? I work with kids younger than 6 years old and none of them throw fits like that and it could be because their parents actually discipline their children and teach them right from wrong. Seems to me like her parents need to discipline her especially since this isn't a one time incident. I have also worked with a special needs child (about 10 years old) who has Autism, Epilepsy, Emotional Behavior Disorder and is being tested for Bi-Polar Disorder and when he goes into similar fits the only way to calm him down and protect him from hurting himself or others to restrain him in some fashion. I never used handcuffs because I don't have them but I have literally wrapped myself around him and held him on the ground until he calmed down. If her fits are common and her moods switch from happy to tantrum in a matter of seconds then she needs to be tested for a behavior disorder. Whether her behavior is because of lack of discipline from her parents or from a disorder, I agree with the police in this case for the mere fact that she was a danger to herself and others (more so other students). If the school/police had not do something and another child was seriously hurt people would be asking why nothing was done.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Countesssa

    The teachers are wrong, the parents are wrong, the police are wrong! This child clearly suffers from defiant behavior syndrome. She needs intense therapy and behavior modification therapy. These teachers should know that. In the perfect world of education and parenting, the teacher and parents are working together for the success of the child, even if that means placing the child in a school more suitable to handle children with issues rather than handcuffing a little girl with issues. After teaching for 20 years, I've seen it all. I've had kids on their hands and knees barking like a dog during class. My initial reaction is not to call the police and have the child arrested, no the reaction of a caring teacher is "something is obviously wrong, how can I HELP". A teacher knows normal misbehavior and the behavior laced with "something else". That something else that you know is not normal. Yes, I understand I have other kids in the class to teach, but there is a way and a time to handle everything. Mom, Dad, teachers, therapists should all pow wow for the success of that child, period! She is 6, and she is not in control. The people in control took a barbaric lazy way out of the situation. They should try utilizing the schooling they received themselves not so long ago. Lastly, in regards to race.. no it's not clearly a race issue but it has "tinges" of racism, as does everything else! I'm no so confident if this child were blond and blue eyed if it would of been as easy to slap cold steel cutting cuffs on her tiny little wrists! Disgusting. And to any teachers that agree with the actions of the teachers and police, then shame on you, what are you here for, you lazy non-caring good for nothing, you are what's wrong with OUR system.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Merry

      Don't you think having a child on all fours barking is a little bit different than a girl tearing stuff off the walls and knocking down shelves? She was a danger and a threat to her classmates. Your barking child was not and that's why you didn't call the police. How do you know that the girl hasn't done this multiple times and that the school told her mother that of she did it again then they would be forced to call the cops? Children need to see that their actions are punishable and have consequences or else they will end up in jail. Take the little 9 year old boy in New Castle, PA who fatally shot his fathers pregnant fiance before leaving for school. It's my guess that he had behavior issues that were probably only talked out instead of actually being served consequences. Without consequences for their actions, these children are only looking at a life of crime. Too many people are claiming mental problems these days and it's not because there's been an increase of mental problems, it's because of people like you who don't believe that children can control themselves. Shouldn't you know as a teacher that your students will only succeed to the level that you believe they will? By giving them a label of mental illness, you aren't telling them to control themselves but instead, you're making it ok for their outbursts because that's just "what they do." It's ok to want to help these children but you need to make them responsible first because if not, then we'll all end up with a so called mental problem that makes it alright for us to do and act as we please.

      April 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liz

      A serious question here to ask: What does a school do if they have already acknowledged that a particular child has a problem but the parents still do nothing? From the local news (Not Piers Morgan) it sounds like some communication had been made prior to this with the parents but nothing was established. What does a school typically do when a kid starts trashing things right in front of them? From the accounts this kid tore a shelf off of a wall. Not your typical temper tantrum, but one full of rage and force. What if she would have grabbed a pair of scissors or even a pencil to inflict damage to someone or to herself? These are serious questions and I would love a serious response. Talking them down is not an option when they are at a rage point. What do schools typically do? Someone with experience tell me, tell everyone.....

      April 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • surs

      IF the parents cooperate, but the parents have to admit there is a problem. This family seems to be blind to the problem of their little girl.

      April 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jacqueline

      I agree with you 100%. Also see my post under Jacqueline.

      April 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jacqueline

      Countessa - I agree with you in both of your posts 100%! Also see my post under Jacqueline.

      April 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. cecil

    Bottom line,

    A good parent would be so ashamed of the behavior they would have not let this leak out.

    A good partent would not have this happen to start with.

    Probably why the school had to contact her aunt along with mother, b/c their is no father figure. Who would have guessed.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Countesssa

      There are a lot of "good" parents with problem children. The parents are lost, they don't know what to do. I've had parents cry out of guilt for not liking their kids and thinking they don't love them because the situation is so out of control. Look, some kids are BORN with issues. I had a kid once so awful, he held a school bus hostage simply because he was having a bad day. Finally, the right people got a hold of this kid, he was placed in the right programs, and was placed on meds. Everything changed for the better. 2 yrs later, insurance says they can no longer cover his programs and meds.. to make a long story short, this kid is struggling now for his GED, everything in life is in his way and it's not his fault. Every system is failing him, including his own parents. teachers failed him, doctors failed him. C'mon people, we're only asking for a little effort. I know we are all tired and the old "what the matter with kids these days" has never rang truer, BUT.. these kids need us, and we can make a difference but doing things a caring way, a logical way. I'm pretty sure in that big ole school with many adults they could of could a way to subdue that girl without the perp walk treatment! I don't know about the rest of the teachers but I can outsmart, outwit and out think a 6 yr old any day.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son

        You can be a well intentioned parent.. that doesn’t make you a good one. Not everyone should have children for numerous reasons.

        April 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Liz

        Yes, but can you outwit a lawsuit from the parents? Do you have the money to fight it? Can you afford to lose your job and the possibility of not finding another in your field because of this? Plenty of good teachers out there have lost their careers in these situations that we never hear of. Just this Monday found out a teacher is quitting because she is highly allergic to perfume and some kids DELIBERATELY sprayed some in her face, causing her to go into anaphylactic shock. Emergency room and hospital visit as a result. Had she done something she would have been fired. So she quit. another good teacher gone.

        April 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lynn

        Do you realize how arrogant you sound? You are not the only teacher trying to do a good job while loving children. You are the kind of person I would like to hand my job to for about a month and stand ready with the tranquilizers when he or she falls apart.The only problem is that I am afraid of is what your arrogance could do to my students. This is not about you. It is about our education system.

        April 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Josh

    Kids did not act like that when I was a child. If they did, they went to the principal and got a whooping.
    But... today, lets let the child run their tantrum out. They will stop, then we can get them some professional help.
    You know, if children were disciplined while growing up, they would know acting like that is unacceptable.
    Wow... Really... Take ALL the other kids out of the room and let the child have his way... this makes me sick.
    It shows the child, that it's ok to act out like that. What happens when that person is in college and acts like that? They will. It's ok. We will show them it's ok by not stopping it. You will have them hurting themselves, or others. Partying til they poison themselves? Throwing a fit and hurting someone in the process? School shootings? Other acts of violence?

    April 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Merry

    You think this is ridiculous but would you be saying if the officer simply picked the child up and began carrying her out to his car. You might congratulate him right? That is until that child with her arms free to do as she pleases grabs a hold of his gun, pepper spray, handcuffs, or night stick. Then what would you have said the officer should have done? Let me tell you that if that child would have reached for the gun and got it out of its holster and then accidentally shot someone, you would be blaming the officer yet again. Leave the police do their jobs. They are there to protect everybody in the situation and they know the dangers of their job. Just because you haven't heard about it happening, doesn't mean they haven't. You're too quick to blame because you're too ignorant to think of the other highly probable situations where not handcuffing her could have led do. You do your job and let the school and police do theirs!

    April 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ethel

      Merry...You are so right! Thank you for your comments!

      April 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. GenXcynic

    The student was ALREADY IN THE PRINCIPAL's OFFICE when the police were called! This was not a teacher who couldn't handle a kid, it was the teacher and the school's chain of command. Get your facts straight Piers!

    This sort of thing should be grounds for expulsion from public school, let alone cuffing the kid. Everyone else is there to learn, not see reality TV live...

    April 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Dr Loomis

    This article fails to mention that they tried to contact the parents, to no avail, and this was a last-ditch effort to control the girl. Should they have let her continue until she pulled something over on herself, fell of the shredder, or otherwise hurt herself or someone else? Chances are if that had happened then the school would be facing a lawsuit now.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gerrie

      You can tell that the little girl was coach when they ask her what happened..Those parents don't have parenting skills.
      Dr. Loomis when I act up in school back in the 60's we got a paddle and when I got home we got a whipping and I grew up with all respect to all man kind. This child is out of control. I c now that they have contact a attorney let mental angrish
      and probably contusion of the wrist from the hand cuffs. The need to expulge her from school. If she was my daughter I probably would have told the officer put her in your car and I will met u at the station. The way these kids are today in school they need to be locked uo...have a nice day

      April 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. GERRIE

    The way that kid act in school is the way she acts at home. She is BAD SEED. and the parents condone everything she do and probably laugh at the things she does. Charity starts at home. Proper bring up . When I was small we knew not to act up no matter where we went, because my mother did not play that. Repect and being discipline was a rule in our house. I feel sorry for her because life and society will teach her the rule of hard knocks

    April 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. GA resident

    Pierce Morgan,

    It would be nice of you to inform your listeners and followers the true facts to the story. You yourself say it and place blame on the police and school for handcuffing the 6 year old. You claim the school never notified the parents either.
    TOTAL BS Pierce Morgan. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!! WIth a quick google search connecting to GA news stattions you could have easilty gotten the facts. The school tried numerous times to contact a parent or legal gaurdian to no avail. The police had to take the child to the police station which only after were they able to contact another family member being her AUNT, NOT HER PARENTS. And just because someone is 6 years old doesnt mean they cant be dangerous to a fully grown adult or police officer. What you you have them do Pierce. jump on the 6 year old and sit on her for hours until the parents picked her up at school. SHAME ON YOU PIERCE MORGAN. SHAME ON YOU. you are the so called "journalist" and yet you cant even get a few simple facts. Now you contort the story to fit your scenario and tell the world. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nessa


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  44. Chris

    "Only in America" do we let the government destroy our education system. I know how ridicules it sounds to put a six-year old in handcuffs. However, we are not looking at the fact that American parents have stopped raising their children and leave the responsibility to public schools, Mtv, YouTube, and anybody else they can think of to do the job for them. This is not the first time that this little girl had a tantrum at school and her parents are well aware of their daughters problem, yet they do nothing to correct the situation. So, maybe it's the parents that should be in handcuffs for child neglect. I have several generations of educators in my family and they all say the same thing, a child's behavior at school is reflective of the home environment. So I say start locking up these "SO-CALLED" parents. I would never of dreamed of having a fit like that when I was six, because I knew my parents would of delivered me to a Doctor and if nothing was wrong they would of delivered a good ole butt whooping. Like Chris rock said in the movie head of State, "Knock your kids out, it helps!"

    April 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Andrew

    She sounds like she is too out of control to have in that school if they had to resort to that. Piers Morgan would make a mountain out of a molehill.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Quadg

    America, the most expensive place to raise a child on the planet, with some of the worst child outcomes in the developed world....

    April 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      I know I'm 24 a guy and I not sure I want kids. Not because I don't think their great. Just that the way America is screwed up these days. If I have kids I may honestly move to another country. For their benefit and my peace of mind.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Paula

    Shame on you Piers Morgan!! When was the last time you were in a schoolroom? Children are not innocent like they were in years gone by. I think you should spend a week in a classroom in a public school before you make judgements about what was done. I guarantee you would feel differently.

    April 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Michael

    Yeah, shame on you school administrators. Shame on you local police department.

    What a bunch of crap. Shame on you, Piers Morgan, for purporting to be a journalist on the Communist News Network.

    At least some of the posters here have the sense to see the situation and make intelligent comments. Those of you with the 'let kids be kids' and 'that was way too harsh' are likely the same people who, if you are 'parents', will allow your child to run around in public like an animal, without control or restraint, only bothering to discipline your child when it either A: inconveniences you or B: embarrasses you.

    This child was known to have outbursts in the classroom before, and her problem behavior has been acknowledged by her mother, who LIKELY does nothing but yell empty threats. This child showed no respect whatsoever for her teacher, the school administrators or the police. That, dear liberal coddlers and apologists, is BEHAVIOR THAT IS LEARNED AT HOME.

    April 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TiredODaCrap

      Michael – I don't blame the people posting her for feeling how they feel. If anything, blame Piers for not reporting 1/4 of the information that is known about this case. This is an example of deliberate and calculated reporting of mis-information to serve his own agenda. Based on what he has reported, if that is all these people have heard of this case, I would say they may be right. Look it up on the web, as those of us here locally have access to the entire story and it is NOTHING like what this fool spouted off the other day.

      April 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. WRONG

    You are completely 100% correct and I agree with you, they should never have put this little six-year-old angel in handcuffs.

    They should have instead TAZED her little BAY BAY backside.

    What a little demon spawn. Kids throw books and toys but this little monster was on a rampage. And old Fat-Auntie couldn't belive this??? She has experienced this behavior at home and she knows it.

    April 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Marcia Cross

    Why won't black people control their children and teach them how to live in a 1st world society? So weird to me.

    April 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ethel

      Marcia...PLEASE do NOT try to make this a race issue!!!!! There are children of ALL races that do not respect authority...whether the "authority figure" is their parents, school employees, police...or whatever!!! This case is extreme...for sure...but it is NOT a race issue!!!

      April 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son

      @ Marcia Cross
      Ethel is right… only black people are allowed to make everything about race.

      April 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. Rob

    You know maybe 19 years ago I'd of had a problem. But now kids are out on control seriously. An parents aren't doing anything clearly. An so what the teacher is suppose to let the six year old control the class room ah no. An had she touched the kid she would probably have been fired and the school sued.
    I son't have a problem with it sorry might sound like a jerk but who cares any ways it's all a waste of time.

    April 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  53. Ray

    I think everyone is correct with being concerned with the safety of the child and those in the classroom. I also feel that any adult who feels the only option was to call the police; and then the police make the foolish decision to cuff this child, are weak not only physically, but mentally as well. I have been in this situation being a youth coach and as a father. The excuse of don't judge unless you are in this situation is a narrow minded excuse for over the top actions by the school staff, and the police officer involved. I truly believe the best intentions for the child safety was forefront, but the decision that was made lack rational decision making to solve a complex problem. In the end I believe the adults had the melt down.

    April 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TiredODaCrap

      Ray – I have taught, coached, and led children my entire adult life. I can guarantee you that you have never witnessed anything close to what went on in the school that day having just been a youth coach and a father. The differnce being that you appear to be involved in your kids – and I assume other kids – lives. It is clear from those of us getting actual information about this story, not the select details Piers can use to bash the USA, that not only are this girl's parents not involved, but they use school to get away from having to deal with her for some time.
      I ask you this – if it had been your child, would it have been an aunt or YOU that picked the kid up from the police station??? Enough said....

      April 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. Grace

    This story is about a six year child being placed in handcuffs. I get chills everytime I read or hear this story. She's six!!! No it doesn't sound like are parents are perfect, but to all the perfect parents please leave me a reply on how you do it. To all the perfect parents who have a small child that NEVER throw a tantrum please leave me a comment on how you prevent it. Finally to all the perfect people in this great country of ours, AMERICA, you also leave a comment on how to be perfect


    April 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son

      Please take your meds.

      April 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Mom of specials needs children

    This article has me so upset, I feel sick. The comments I have read are just as upsetting. I have 4 Bipolar children 2 with ADHD also. I am a very involved parent. I have researched how to help my kids get the best help I can to have the most productive lives they can. I am appalled at the judgements being made, by so many people lacking the education and knowledge to make these judgements. There are Federal guide lines (laws) to handle children with problems. She had had problems before. They knew they were there. They should have followed the proper guild lines in dealing with this young girl. They could have put an emergency plan in place while the proper work was being done by school professionals. Yes, they sometimes have to physically restrain a child but, there is a right way and a wrong way. The school should have a trained employee there who knows how to do it right. The police are suppose to have trained employee's who, have been trained to handle just such situations. My hope is that they sent special trained officers in. If there is problems at home stopping professional from helping her, then there is procedures for that too.

    April 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • GA resident

      If you know your child is that bad and WILL need help in the future I suggest you offer to pay more in taxes so that your money can go to help your kids. But when You have a child like this whose parents dont want to answer the phone because they themselves dont want to deal with it that is a big problem. Also enough is enough with everyone needing to be trained to handle your kids in public areas. I understand that your child has issues. I too have neurological diseases yet i did not need any help. I also did not have any diseases that caused myself to become dangerous and threatening to others which many people do have. Sorry but having one child or a few children with problems like these that will harm others is no excuse to force taxpayer money to have teachers, principals, police officers to learn to be "nice" to your children because of their problem. If kids knowingly have those severe problems then there should be speical schools for thses kids and specially trained staff to handle thse kids. But to demand that basically eveyone around you know the propert way to handle your kids. NO WAY. if you wont give up rights to discipline your kids to others who have to deal with the kids during these situations then dont bring your kid there.Just because your child has Bipolar disorder doesnt releive them of the fact that they can cause a scene or destroy property or even hurt someone. if you know your kid will do this. then YOU take the responsibility and account for their actions. This is NOT about a 6YEAR OLD being handcuffed. this is about a HUMAN BEING (which happens to be 6years old) being so out of control that the childs teacher could not control her, the childs principal could not control her, nor the police could control her. Im sorry but if a kid is that messed up they dont need to be around other kids whom they could easily harm. Plus people who say that all schools need professionals etc. every time my high school had a tragic event or something, even though we had several counselors and guidance counselors, they ALWAYS brought in professionals. Why do we have counselors in our schools if they CANT help since they ARE NOT professional. because PROFESSIONALS cost $$$$ and to put that burden on everyone for kids that have problems does not work. Now we have to lower everyone else to be at par with every child you has a physical or mental disability in the class. When you hinder kids educations you lose their respect and attention very quickly which causes more kids to act out.I did very well in school and took mostly higher level courses through elementary and high school. Everytime I was put into a class in which I knew I was above or had already learned the info I would struggle. Why do i have to be held back so that i could be on the same level as a kid with Bipolar in my class. that is not fair to me. this is what is happeneing in our sociaty. we want to tell our children that life is fair and everyone should be the same. We are not. Kids with disabilitles who cannot be at the intellectual level as their peers should go to places that can help them. Not to places that are forced to take them and forced to learn how to "properly" handle the situation. this shows the kids that if you dont like something say you have a condition and force them to bend to your level. Sorry no. If your kid cant read or do math or science because they need extra help or attention then take them somewhere that gives them that. Go forbid that one child with a disability doesnt do well in school the parents sue claiming the school doesnt know how to handle and teach their child.So they deserve money for this. NO. why is it that if i dont do well in school i cant sue anyone or blame anyone other than myself but people like this childs mother and aunt can. we are not fixing any problems by doing this. lets start at the beginning. For kids who need extra attention and extra help and have to be carefully disciplined go to schools made specifically for this. those of us who dont need this continue where we are.

      April 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TiredODaCrap

      Big difference is that you say that you are involved – which is a great thing for the parent of any child.

      The school, nor the police, were able to reach these parents after multiple attempts. The parents were not even the ones to go pick up their child, an aunt did.

      Don't be fooled by Peir's incorrect and irresopnsible journalism here. The school had done ALL that could possible have been done BEFORE calling the police as a last resort. The fact that Al and Jesse aren't sitting in Milledgeville – or that we have not heard lawyers screaming about lawsuits closing down the school system yet – should be very telling in what the truth actually is in this situation!

      April 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • mother of special needs children

        The only report I saw on this story was Morgan's, I have since read the police statements. I understand now why they choose the way they handled this situation. They did take the right steps to help her in the future. She will now have a social worker seeing that her needs are met.

        April 20, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  56. Saboth

    @Mom of specials needs children: Ever thought of stop having kids since they all seem to have genetic problems? Teachers today are overworked and underpayed. They are there to teach your kids, not discipline them or give them special attention due to whatever disorders they have. "Emergency plan?" For an undisciplined 6 year old? Seems like every other parent today has a "special needs" kids that has attention deficit disorder, bipolar, or autism. Either these parents want to hide behind overly diagnosed disorders to explain their out of control kids or we have a SERIOUS pollution/radiation/unknown phenomenon going on where every other kids today is being born with disorders.

    April 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I agree with you that teachers are not there to be the parents…. So they should stop trying to be. Stop stalking kids on face book, stop trying to punish them for events off school grounds and away from school events. Funny how teacher keep crying victim but take no responsibility for their own actions.

      April 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mom of specials needs children

      Bipolar isn't something you can see at birth. it is rare for one child to have it. We are the ones seeing to there needs in every way, I am sure you could find better ways to spend your time them being cruel to others

      April 20, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Tom0

    PIERCE.....were you there? Having seen the very young rarely but sometimes act as it was reported, I would have done the same. I agree with you on Most... But Not this one!!! So....IN my mind your score is now 999 to ONE. Really like you and program...

    April 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. jj

    I'm sure she's not scarred for life. This is no story other than a kid out of control. No mention of parents so there's probably a story there too.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TiredODaCrap

      There is plenty more to this story – look it up on any other site that cares about reporting the truth! Peirs intentionally left out many items that have been proven already and most of the video of the interview with the family in his "reoprt".

      April 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Liz

    Oh, and just to say it again... shame on you Piers Morgan. Really didn't like how you trashed America on this one. Despite who is right or wrong on this topic I am left with a huge dissatisfaction of how you can make such general comments about Americans, parenting, and school policy. Sad.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Walt

    As a school psychologist and former teacher, I think it is important to remember that it is not "mamma's little darling" here who got a little upset. I have seen children at this age that are totally out of control and are quite capable of harming both other children and adults, let alone themselves. I don't know of any school districts that can afford to have a team on call to respond to violent behavior such as this. By the time they reach middle school and up it gets worse. The police did the best they could with there training, and it did get the child under control. We can all conjecture about how it could have been handled better. The point is, she did settle down and stop destroying property and the situation did deescalate. Classrooms are crowded and teachers are under increasing pressure to handle disturbed and disturbing children. It is not easy. I would recommend that teachers and staff have video cameras at the ready to be able to show exactly how the child who is out of control is behaving. That would be of great help in the aftermath. As it is I am sure the little girl and her family will get great support, much clucking and a high profile lawsuit, none of which will help this child not feel empowered to become an out of control adolescent and adult.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  61. joshua

    Today if a parent will discipline a child by striking her or tying her, to stop her from acting up like that, they will be reported and get arrested. Yet in this age and time, they would let go a man who shot martin, but will arrest and handcuffed a 6 years old girl for acting up. I'm confused

    April 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TiredODaCrap

      You're not confused. Your either misinformed, or just uneducated. Martin's killer is in jail – and will likely be there for the rest of his life. This little girl did not "act up". Try researching the story and not just listening to the bits and pieces a man who hates the country where he is allowed to make a living gives you!!

      April 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jacqueline

      OMG! Such a poignant yet accurate point!

      April 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jacqueline

        joshua - such a poignant yet accurate point!

        April 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |

    Piers Morgan has a lot of nerve acting high-and-mighty. His own British people used to HANG 7-year old pickpockets and child thieves, and big crowds turned out to watch the public spectacle!

    Shame on YOU Mr. Morgan for meddling in Milledgeville, Georgia business! This child was absolutely beyond control and needed a reality check!

    April 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. ann amrie

    Once more, Piers Morgan with his sanctimonious jibberish of which he knows nothing about. Hot Air.
    Where is Larry King when we need him?

    April 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  64. Jacqueline

    Obviously, not every teacher is cut out to teach every age group and even fewer teachers are fit to deal with small children especially those with special needs. This teacher was obviously one of the unfit. She and the school were obviously aware of this child's disposition/medical condition/behavior disorders or whatever her special needs are and they should have people and processes in place to deal with such children. The police should be shot with their own weapons (figuratively speaking) for their actions, which are clearly designed for addressing CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR not young children with BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS. What is the world coming to where we have adults who don't know what to do in critical situations? Not only did they most likely traumatize this child but they also adversely affected the psyches of her classmates who are also young children. It was a poor example set by some frightened, impotent or perhaps poorly trained (teacher) and arrogant bullies (police) both of whom abused their power and positions of authority in the presence of and the dealings with young children. I guarantee that had this child with her behavior issues been the child of any of the folks who, in the above posts, applaud the actions of these irresponsible adults, these bloggers would right now be conducting interviews explaining why they are suing the school, the school system, the police department, and anyone else remotely involved in this God-forsaken chain of events we've just read about.

    April 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. Julia

    I'm so tired of everything thinking that discipline is over reacting. There's no reason a 6 year old needs to be throwing a temper tantrum. Be happy that they didn't pepper spray her.

    April 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Jason

    Why are we scolding the school or the police when we should be scolding the parent! Apparently this child has never been disciplined. If this is what she does at school, imagine what she does at home! And another thought: children learn their behavior by what they see at home. Wonder if she is being abused or sees abuse? The focus should be on this home and why this child is acting this way. The authorities did what they were supposed to do. Great job!

    April 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Lisa

    I think Piers Morgan should go and spend a couple of days in some schools to see exactly what teachers and staff are up against. It is a different world than when I was growing up. We respected our teachers and our school. We were not perfect and we did have students who would get out of line and they were delt with my either the teachers or the principle. I do not recall ANY classmate who would dare speak disrespectfully to a teacher, throw things, or consistantly disturb the classroom on a daily basis. I work in an elementary school as a Para. My job is suppose to be helping kids with learning problems. I spend more time redirecting naughty kids then helping the ones who want to learn. All we can do is verbally tell the kids, don't to this, don't say that, please be quiet,. Not long ago, we could physically removed a student who was acting out and take them to the office. Not anymore. We can't even put our hand on their back or shoulder to get them to move. We have students 6 and 7 years old who will not budge if they are instructed to go to the CHILL CHAIR or go to the office. They get behavior slips sent home DAILY. The parents do nothing!! They have told their kids it's ok to talk back, use bad words and to ignore adults. They have taught their kids it's ok to be a bully because it shows you are tough and a HEMAN. In their words, the school is the problem because we exspect to much out of them. It's too much to ask the kids to raise their hands, not to talk in the halls, to listen when the teacher is talking, to be nice to their classmates, to respect school property, to use proper language, and to respect the teachers and respect themselves.

    April 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  69. Brenda

    It is very hard to comprehend that an officer, fully grown, probably about 6' and let's say about 200 (lbs) cannot control a 6 year old having a temper tantrum...let's just hope he cuffed her because he left the "Taser in the patrol car :/
    Thumbs down to the School...goes to show you those School officials may be educated...but very ignorant!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  70. Eric

    Piers is another one of thoe lame politically correct types that over dramatizes everything. The kid was asting up badly, the copys and techers wanted to make a lasting impression to shape up or this is what you can expect. A kid is never too young to learn a good lesson. We need more of this, not less. We don't need Piers getting in the way of common sense and creative punishments.

    Give it a rest Piers, everytime I see your show you're all shocked and shaken about completely stupid stuff that is no big deal at all. Typical Democrat frankly with politically correctness gone wrong.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  71. James

    Putting a 6 year old in handcuffs is simply shameful. What happens if this episode caused long term damage to psyche. People who suggest it is perfectly fine, let me ask you if you would feel the same if it were your daughter or grand daughter. This is sickening and shameful. Of course it would happen in a southern state and it would involve little African American children. I would sue the heck out of the school.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ethel

      If my child or grandchild had acted like the child in this situation did, I would expect the school and police to take appropriate steps to get the child under control before she hurt more people...or herself. And...I would not have been on my front porch complaining and having the child shown on TV! I would not want the world to know my child/grandchild had gone beserk at school! The color of her skin had nothing to do with how the situation was handled. It is easy to say what should not have been done...but much harder to say how it could have been handled...especially when YOU were not the one that had to decide "in the moment"!

      April 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  72. BigHair

    I am disappointed in CNN and Piers Morgan. I read most of the above comments and then looked up the story myself. If you go to 13WMAZ .com and search for the raw footage of Salecia Johnson's parents (Piers said her name in his "report"), you will see how much more there is to the story! The reporter stated to the mother that in the police report the school tried to call her 8 times. The reporter asked her where she was and Salecia's mother replied "I was home". When asked WHY she didn't answer the phone the mother said she didn't have "any minutes at that time". WHAT? She couldn't answer the phone? She probably saw it was the school, AGAIN, and chose not to answer it! You also find out in that "raw footage" video that the parents had been contacting news agencies all day.

    As the mother of 4 children, all with varying degree's of disabilities, I can totally relate to why the school acted in the way they did. I'm sure they were very freaked out that they had to respond the way they did. When my son was 6 years old and in 1st grade the Principal had to physically carry him inside the building and bring him to a secure room so he could calm down. He was throwing a major fit in front of all the kids waiting to enter the school after playing outside. He was upset he was not first in line. His para could not handle him so the principal had to get involved. When I got to the school he apologized for having to carry my son inside the building and then added how difficult it was and how he couldn't believe how heavy my son was when he is having a major meltdown. Let me point out that the principal was over a foot taller than me and at least 100 lbs. heavier, so I am the LAST ONE he should complain to about how tough it is to handle my son! I know the principal was freaked out because we could have filed a lawsuit because he TOUCHED our child. Instead I laughed that he carried my son into the school. We are parents who don't live in denial and are fully aware of our son's behaviors due to his moderate mental retardation. That's one big difference I see in our situation and the situation with this 6 yr old girl who was handcuffed; her parents need to get a clue, accept it, and get help, or CPS needs to stop in and remove the little girl!

    April 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  73. Rita

    Piers I completely disagree with you on this one ( I normally agree with you on most of your comments) .You keep repeating 6 year old but this is not what a normal 6 year old does. Acting out of control is not what a little child does. A case of extremely bad parenting and disciplining. Back where I come from, parents teach their kids to always respect and obey teachers no matter what. In schools that I went to , kids that threw tantrums were immediately quitened with a stern word or a simple punishment from the teacher because it is instilled in them to respect teachers and elders. It sure must be frustrating for schools to deal with kids whose parents who dont do their due diligence in parenting , and parents who get all too defensive when their kids have to learn it the hard way. This story is a call to all parents who think their kids are too cute to be disciplined.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  74. LookAtTheFacts

    Piers Morgan, you sound like a moron here, trying to defend the little girl being handcuffed. "According to Family, the 6 year old was in a holding cell" ACCORDING TO FAMILY?? How about getting the information from the REAL source who was there- THE AUTHORITIES. She was NOT held in a holding cell! Thank you, moving on.....
    and Yes she did deserve all that which happened to her. Sad how her mother is trying to get all this media attention and maybe even trying to make profit out of this.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  75. Txmomma

    They should have called those teen girls who exorcise people. Maybe they could have gotten the little devil to behave.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  76. jerry

    Quickest fix to this problem? Raise the education requirement needed to become a cop. Almost all cops are zombies. Morons, if you will.

    April 20, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  77. ANDREW

    Shame on you Piers Morgan, you did not get your facts strait! Get your facts strait! Shame on that 6 yr old girl for throwing that tantrum! Her parents should have taught her how to handle problems so shame on them! Then school should have learn how to handle a situation like this so shame on them! And yes the police should learn how to resolve problems a lot better than they have and shame on them too. Don't any one learn from Nanny 911? TALK to the child, let them calm down, give them a time out! Then talk to them again.

    April 20, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ethel

      Professionals interviewed about this situation have said when someone is exhibiting the extreme behavior this child did..."talking" to them does NOT work! The focus needs to be on getting help for this young child so she can have a happier, successful life! However, the focus now seems to be on adults! I hope her mother...and other adults in her life...are working as hard to get "help" for the child as they are working to get publicity!!!

      April 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  78. Live it first, then talk

    Piers, you obviously have no experience whatsoever with an out-of-control kid going totally off the wall in a public environment. This kid was not only a danger to herself, but to everyone around. That said, she learned that tantrums worked from somebody. Start with the parents here.

    April 20, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  79. bb1968

    This girl should have been dealt with as they would have 30 years ago. She should have been marched down to the principal's offices and paddled until she had more to think about than being a brat.

    April 20, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  80. Carlos

    I'm a single parent who has several boys. One of them has been away from my home for over a year. He was taken away twice by the police. He has told the authorities that he wants to kill me by stabbing me in my heart to "make sure he is dead." I personally take threats seriously. I was abused as a child and the threat of death is terrifying to me. He is locked in a mental facility. He couldn't believe that he was being handcuffed and taken away. The situation is in court now. Yet they want to charge me for child neglect because I don't want him back in my home. While he was in the home, I had to take away all knives and keep my bedroom door locked at night and was constantly looking over my shoulder to see where he was. The boys' mother left them and he is having a real hard time dealing with it and the fact that I have rules in our home. I have been a teacher and I am on the school's side. The teachers are underpaid and overworked. And there are a bunch of heathens in the school that come to harass, bully and upset other students and teachers. When they took prayer out of the school and the bible, what do you expect? Guns and knives have replaced prayer in the school. So there is going to continue to be murders in the school system. You couldn't pay me enough money to go back to teaching. I have teacher friends who complain about the students all the time. It's not worth it. And it's not always the parents fault either. Some children are just going to be plainly unruly and disobedient and heartless and selfish. It's all about "ME, ME, ME!!! "

    April 20, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  81. Sarah

    I was nearly stabbed in the face with a pair of scissors by a 5 year old who didn't like that I'd asked her to clean up. She meant to harm me, I assure you.

    For the safely of all involved, including that little girl, handcuffs were deemed prudent by the officer. Having nearly been blinded myself, I cannot say I wouldn't have done otherwise.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  82. GeorgiaOnMyMind

    Piers Morgan- It must be very easy to sit behind that desk in your cushioned seat, fancy suit, and outrageous salary and look down upon the teachers who make this country what it is. How dare you make accusations when you clearly did little research on the situation and failed to tell both sides of the story? If you’re wondering what’s wrong with the education system in America, I’d say its people like you who play armchair quarterback, making judgments & decisions about things you know nothing about. Have you ever spent a sizable amount of time in an American public school classroom?

    How would you feel if one of your children were in this school as this little girl was “pushing several other students; running away from the school staff; slamming chairs around the school office; climbing up and knocking over a bookcase; knocking pictures off the wall; scribbling over the walls and door; and injuring a school employee.”? This kind of behavior is a reality and extremely prevalent in schools in the United States today. Teachers deal with students like this often, and one major problem educator’s encounter is that they have a hard time teaching because they are constantly trying to discipline. Children do not just sit in desks nicely like they used to. They say “no” to the teachers, they’re disrespectful, and there’s not much the schools can do to stifle bad behavior when many parents do not support the teachers. Children are becoming uncontrollable in our schools because teachers and administrators have their hands tied behind their backs.

    April 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • GeorgiaOnMyMind

      The teachers in our country do the best with what they have. Every day, teachers in this country get to school early, prepare their classrooms, teach all day (many without bathroom breaks), eat with their students, stay after school grading papers and prepare for the next day. After all of this, the teachers then go home and grade more papers, and spend THEIR OWN money on supplies because the school systems cannot provide them because of budget cuts. I may need to remind you that they do not get a high salary to begin with. They spend their own money because they love their students and will do whatever is necessary to provide them with the best education possible.

      My hope for the little girl in this story is that her parents realize the disservice they are doing to her when they defend her actions. The school system and the police department did what they needed to do to protect other students from her rage and protect her from herself.

      I ask you, Mr. Morgan, to not do a disservice to your listeners any longer by giving them wrong, one-sided information. Please stop belittling the people that are working hard to educate the next generation. If you really care about this country and the community in Baldwin County, you could make a sizable donation to open a facility that teaches parenting skills to that community. That’s where true education first begins.

      April 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ethel

        To GeorgiaOnMyMind: Great job...and I hope that Piers Morgan read your comments! I pray that the family is working as hard to get help for the they did to get publicity!

        April 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Yooper

    To all you people who want to comment, please read other comments first. I agree that this child should have been put in handcuffs. It was after the teachers could not control her, the principles could not control her, after the child destroyed numerous items and physically attacked other students and school officials. The child was not beaten, was not tazered was not body slammed, but simply restrained. Even after all that, while the police was trying to contact a parent who could not be called, the police were still nice enough not to put the child in a cell, but gave her something to drink. If a child is out of control enough to damage property, they can really hurt themselves and others.
    My dad was a bus driver and in a neighboring county another bus driver stepped out of his bus to try to assist with a child who seriously injured themselves. A 10 year old "kid", jumped in the driver's seat, started the bus up and was trying to put the bus in gear. The driver' jumped in the bus and pull the kid from the driver's seat, leaving a couple of bruises on the childs neck. The parents sued the bus driver, and won. The judges reason for his decision was that the bus driver used "excessive force" and "did not ask the child to get out of the driver's seat before removing him". You want to know what "excessive force" is??? It's a 15000 bus running over a crowd of kids!!!!!
    What it comes down to is, as a protection to the child and others around him, and the school had good sense to let the police, who are trained in restraining people (including childern), handle the situation. For those that don't agree, let them, or their children, sit unproteced, in a room with this "poor child" while she is having one of her tantrums. (How about a good sharp pencil in the eye?)

    April 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  84. Valerie

    I think, it seems shocking because the media plays it up, i had a neighbor with an unruly boy, at age 6 he tossed a school desk chair at the teacher and hit him, he then attrack another boy riped off the boys sneaker ran out side and produced a knife and cut the boys shoe up..thnak god he didnt try to use the knife on the teacher or another student. I think the police need a new item to their daily equipment, a kid size stright jacket! for subdueing and holding an out of control child!

    April 23, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
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