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8-Year-Old Handcuffed For Tantrum, Ignored In Jail For Two Hours

8-Year-Old Handcuffed For Tantrum, Ignored In Jail For Two Hours

An 8-year-old was handcuffed for throwing a tantrum and ended up spending two hours in jail , where her guardian said police ignored the girl’s pleas to use the bathroom.

The girl, Jymha Rickman, was at Love Joy Elementary School on Tuesday morning when she reportedly had a bad tantrum. Officials from the Alton, Illinois, school could not handle the girl, and ultimately called the Alton Police to handle the situation.

But instead of defusing the situation, police decided that the 8-year-old girl needed to be handcuffed for her tantrum and thrown in the back of a police cruiser. The girl’s guardian told KMOV that police treated the 70-pound girl like a criminal.

The situation got worse when the girl was taken to jail with her hands cuffed behind her back, the guardian said. Though the 8-year-old girl asked police if she could get her coat, those please were ignored. Police also refused to let the girl use the bathroom, the guardian added.

“Her eyes were swollen from her crying and her wrists had welts on them,” said Rickman’s guardian. “They cuffed her feet too and she asked to use the restroom several times and was ignored.”

Police saw the situation somewhat differently. They say they were called to the school after the girl tore up two classrooms and school officials could not stop her. They agree that the 8-year-old was handcuffed for her tantrum, but said that she was supervised after being put in a juvenile detention room.

District officials had not commented on the situation or why police were called to handle the girl’s tantrum.

The story of the 8-year-old girl handcuffed for her tantrum went viral on Wednesday, with media from across the country picking up on the story. The New York Daily News wrote about the incident, including the headline, “What ever happened to time out?”

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330 Responses to “8-Year-Old Handcuffed For Tantrum, Ignored In Jail For Two Hours”

  1. Anna Jane

    Hmmmm, throw a wild ass fit and then get punished for it? Maybe next time she will pick a milder way to get attention.
    Don't agree handcuffs belong on a child that young but maybe by using them now they won't be needed when the kid grows up.

  2. Sue Haskins

    This kid doesn't stand a chance to get out of a terrible life. If she is acting out like this, she is probably being physically abused at home.

  3. Sue Haskins

    Oh right. Beating her will not solve any problems; in fact, it will create worse problems.

  4. Barb Weddle Gillispie

    this is exactly what is wrong with America. If my kids ever acted like this….come get 'em and look them up for 2 hours! Teaches them you can't act like a crazy fool and destroy property and put others in harm! This little girl's parents will now sue the city and teach her child that its ok to act like an idiot and then sue for injustice. People need their heads examined when it comes to raising kids now a days…..geesh.

  5. Robert Rae

    The school had to be pretty frustated to call the police, but I'm sure they tired less serious ways of calming this child without success before doing so. I have worked with some seriously damaged 8 year olds as a CPS worker, and they can cause some real damage when they get upset.

  6. Diane Jackson

    Sorry but haven't you noticed that when they started saying "don't spank your kids" that kids have gotten worse. Look at most people whi are older than 25. they behaive in a more thoughtful manner. because they go spanked as children. bible says spare the rod spoil the child and i sure that you probably weren't spared it like me and most everyone i know and guess what, we're not damaged!

  7. Kathleen Trimble

    As teachers, are hands are tied! There is nothing we can do with a child that will not comply with the rules. We spend half the day redirecting and half that time the child continues to miss behave. Give some power back to the teachers and kids will begin to behave as they did when I was a student. YES! Back in the good old days.

  8. Lori Christensen

    If it is like some of my students…the parents don't answer the phone when it is the school or their numbers are all disconnected.

  9. Amisha Smith

    Looks to me like a bunch of grow-ups who couldn't handle the responsibility of a child acting up so they moved to… extreme measures.

    I've babysat and watched kids for years. Ad some of them gave some pretty nasty tantrums. Not once did I even consider calling the police or even had to. And I really can't believe there are idiots out there defending this. This is so stupid, no matter how you want to bend things so it will look less retarded. I just don't know. This country is run by idiots and being flushed down the drain.

  10. Alexandra Schoonover

    Yes, I suppose they could have just allowed the child to keep destroying classrooms, and harming the other students. After that they could send her home where she could be vindicated by her parents, and come back to school seeking vengeance. Remember this wasn't just a little tantrum. The school had to call the police, due to the fact that they have other children that must be attended to.

  11. Alexandra Schoonover

    I doubt it! I deal with this type of child every day. And believe it or not, it's usually inconsistent discipline. You know; one day I punish Jose for cussing, and the next day I laugh about it.

  12. Alexandra Schoonover

    Amen, sister. I loved my parents, but I lived in fear of the belt. And that fear kept me out of gangs, and off the street. You see, I knew I was loved.

  13. Shula Conley

    What the heck! They can't handle a 8 year old girl!

  14. Nicole Hill

    Why not call her parents to come get her? They would not have treated a skinny little blonde haired blue eyed girl like this. All kids have tantrums. Racism sucks!

  15. Billy Leger

    My kids get spanked when they misbehave which is almost never now, Anywhere i go i get compliments on how well behaved my kids are, I have 4. They know act up get your butt tore up, Same as I had it when I grew up. My children understand respect and how to act. Talking to kids doesn't work, discipline works.

  16. Anonymous

    maybe we should have a kiddie jail and instead of parents calling their dr crying that their 2yr old or their 14yr old is hitting them and they don't know what to do, we can toss them in kiddie jail for the day. since parents now a days are either to affraid to punish their kids in fear of being punished themselves or some parents just don't care enough.

  17. Angela Bonacker-Huber

    Good Lord, what in the world……..We are so messed up. Where is our common sense……she is freeking eight.

  18. Jean Porter Shamsi

    Well…bet she'll think twice before she throws the next tantrum. And her 'guardian' can use it as leverage.

  19. Billy Leger

    Get a grip, race had nothing to do with it. They did it because they are idiots and have no idea how to deal with a child. this crap is getting old and calling anything that happens to a race other than white racist it is ridiculous, watch the damn news lady white kids are getting thrown out of school and treated like crap too as well as kids of all races. The problem is called liberalism.

  20. Jean Porter Shamsi

    Says she had a 'guardian'. Doubt if it would have helped, and what do you do with the brat while you wait for this guardian who probably is sick of her shenannigans.

  21. Jean Porter Shamsi

    Sounds like she is a tyrant, and probably a bully and the abuser at home.

  22. Jean Porter Shamsi

    They're not ALLOWED to touch the brat. Calling the cops is now the rule.

  23. Kellee Lynn Webb

    As a teacher, your spelling and grammar should be a hell of a lot better! Obviously "the good old days" in school didn't teach you much!

  24. Joanne Pennington-Mansfield

    "As teachers, OUR hands are tied." Just saying. :)

  25. Linda Gail Cross

    OUR and MISBEHAVE……please go back to school and learn spelling……no wonder our kids throw fits, they can't comprehend what the teacher is trying to teach, so apparently somebody needs to teach the teacher….back to the situation of the 8 year old. This is what happens when parents don't have parenting skills and aren't allowed to spank their children. I didn't say corporate punishment, I said spank. I don't condone beating a child into submission, but clearly the boundaries have been broken between a parent and her child and also between a teacher and her pupil. Time out doesn't work for every child and parenting doesn't come with a handbook either. Children need to learn about respect for others and their property. Maybe the parents need spanking or something. We cannot continue to raise unruly children and we have them because they continually break the rules. Whose fault is it? The parents blame the teachers and the teachers blame the parents and the reality is – it's both their faults. Parents should be working with teachers to help raise these children and when the parents don't care and the teachers don't care, this is th

  26. Erin Aisha

    Angela Bonacker-Huber I have an eight year old and me suing them would be least of their problems if an incident such as this ever occured!

  27. Linda Gail Cross

    Amisha, please do not use the "R" word – it shows your ignorance and you hurt special needs people by saying and typing that word. You could have posted a decent post and it was until you got to the "R" word and now nobody is going to take your post seriously because of your ignorance. Please grow up and stop using that word.

  28. Erin Aisha

    Kathleen Trimble Trust me,we will. You can't even spell! It's crap like this that makes me want to take my eight year old son out of public school. SMH that you would co-sign such nonsense.

  29. Anonymous

    I remember when my son was about that age; he didn't tear up a classroom, but his teacher felt he was "out of control". She didn't call police, she called his father and me. Believe me, that was enough to diffuse the situation and I assure you it did not happen again. There is no reason this child should have been handcuffed or taken to jail. The parent/guardian should have been called and the child turned over to him/her. Then, the responsible adult should be given the bill for any/all repairs/replacements to the classroom(s). I think this child is used to throwing tantrums to get her way.

  30. Erin Aisha

    I think its outrageous to treat an eight year old child like this. No child deserves this. If she been a little white girl throwing a tantrum the situation would have played out way differently! Its the elephant in the room & I'm just saying. I guess because shes a little black girl shes "threatening" and should be thrown in jail? News flash kids throw tantrums! I am a single mother I have an eight year old boy who has other eight year old friends and I handle all of them. So when you tell me you cant handle a 70 lb eight year old girl, I'm telling you you're full of crap!

  31. Jules MacLovin

    It's stupid to punish the girl for the parent's failures. Handcuff the parents and charge them with the damage their kid caused. The kid may be out of control, but she's 8, the parent's are to blame for the kids behavior. Obviously the parent's have issues or she wouldn't be with a guardian. Frankly I blame drugs for a lot of the problems you see today. A lot of these kids that are labeled problem kids and ADHD are meth babies. It's not a matter of being hyper or bratty, they have neurological damage caused by drugs.

  32. Anne-Marie Ross

    I'm also questioning if this is why all the comments center on punishment and not intervention, which this kid obviously needs.

  33. Erin Aisha

    You get a grip.Race had everything to do with it! And this is coming from someone who used to be an 8 year old little black girl in the public school system. Two words: institutional racism.

  34. Matt Siess

    dude, they're police. what do you expect? what else do they know how to do? the ownness should belong to the school for not contacting the guardian. and if the guardian couldn't get the kid, then you may need restraints to subdue an out of control child, oh well.

  35. Anonymous

    Erin – teach your kids how to act properly and you wont have that problem!

  36. Anonymous

    Teachers get duped because they cannot do anything to kids. Glad the called the cops and glad they rolled this kid up. Hopefully she learned from this and wont throw any more tantrums. I have 2 siblings – never once did we ever throw a tantrum at home or at school or in public.

  37. Amy Carter Trubee

    Teachers also use this as a advantage to not have to deal with children that either behave poorly or have disabilities it gets them out of dealing with it. Also I have seen teacher push these childrens buttons to case a out burst with these children.. Sad that people would handcuff a 8 year old for being 8 call her parents have them come get her punsh her but to call the police is another way of those in charge not to deal with the problem.. The school system care more about the A-typical child then those with disablities.. Each child has the right to proper care in the school system that is not just for the kids that in most of your minds are angels…

  38. Amy Carter Trubee

    Jean Porter Shamsi== brat what the hell is wrong with you people like you are what is wrong with the system. Understand this the child has the right to be treated fairly. And treated fairly is different for each child. Just because you might not like how this child behaved does not mean she needs to be handcuffed and to have her feet cuffed for 2 hours. Most grown men are not treated like that.. Call a child a name shows how much of a piece of shit you are…

  39. Mary Kirkland

    The kid destroyed a classroom and the teachers hands are tied as to what they can do about it. Maybe giving her a time out in jail will make her think about throwing such a tantrum the next time. I don't think anything wrong was done here.

  40. Tawanda Harris

    So I'm assuming that those of you who agree with this would be okay with it if it were your child. I don't see anywhere in the article where they tried to contact this little girl's guardian; and by the way guardian is the same thing as parent. I worked with kids for years in a daycare setting, there are ways to diffuse a tantrum without calling the police. If the police were called, why use the handscuffs like she is some criminal. I find it despicable that now a days instead of discipline students, and I'm not talking about middle school or high school students, schools have resulted in tasering and arresting kindergartners. And yes this child was arrested, the way the did this child, is what they would do to a criminal. So for those of you who is okay with this and you have kids that will be entering elementary school, be careful what you wish for because it just may be your kid as the headline for a story like this. I don't know anybody that are raising angels!

  41. Mary Kirkland

    It doesn't have a thing to do with racism. That's ridiculous. All kids might have tantrums but I don't know of any kids that have torn up a classroom and were so out of control the teachers couldn't control her.

  42. Christina Culver Lawrence

    I have a signed piece of paper at my sons school….. I will allow corporeal punishment if needed…. and trust me, my son is MORE than a handful, but they have never needed to use it…. They know daddy and mommy will take care of the situation when he gets home!

  43. Pam Russell

    Just an FYI, Teacher Kathleen. It is "our hands" not "are hands". It is "misbehave" not "miss behave".
    Sheesh! Scary.

  44. Latisha White

    it's sad that these people want to start labeling and giving our children criminal records at such a young age whatever happened to calling the parent or guardian and having them suspended. I don't give a shit about a tantrum in school JAIL IS NOT THE ANSWER and if was your child I doubt high that most of you would still have theses ignorant as comments regardless this is still a child and evidently if she has a guardian and not a parent there must be something more major going on with this situation and Jail is definitely not going to help it. Sorry ass school systems suck, sorry ass cops suck.

  45. Harsheen Eady

    Some of these comments are downright evil. For those of you who have negative comments have you ever though that this that this child is emotionally unstab. This does not excuse what she did or validate the actions of school officals. It amazes me how quick we are to judge when we don't have all the fact (we weren't there) or quick we are to condem when we all have had struggles in or life

  46. Angela Tate

    WOW! I just read this and I am lost for words! She tore up two classrooms? Nobody at the school could handle her? They called the police…they took her to JAIL!? Wait a minute…she is 8 years old….WOW! Obviously, there may be underlining issues that is not known for her outbursts of anger. WOW!

  47. Tawanda Harris

    I agree Angie and taking her to jail was the LAST thing they should have done. Had we operated like this driving the bus, especially the first year with those Garner routes, how many of those kids would have been taken away in handcuffs. Crazy, there are better ways to handle behavioral issues, especially with elementary kids.

  48. Penelope Trotman

    After having read most of the comments, I'm confused.Weren't we all children? Haven't we thrown tantrums some time or the other? Even in our adult lives we oft times do….If our boss tells us something that is not acceptable what do we do? We get behind closed doors and rip off.

  49. Tim Lively

    What exactly do you want them to do? The kid is out of control, tearing up class rooms, won't calm down? I'm not a cop lover but in this case, they did exactly what they needed to do.

  50. Melissa Lynn Heil

    I don't agree with handcuffing her, but kudos for someone stepping up and doing something about this childs behavior. I think that we have become a society that is afraid to make kids responsible for their actions.

  51. Debra Carter

    I SAY YOU ALL ARE VERY STUPID, SHE IS ONLY 8 YRS. OLD , NOT ONE OF YOU , I SAY NOT ONE OF YOU SAID ANYTHING ABOUT CALLING HER PARENTS. MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO TO JAIL, FOR BEING SO STUPID. YOU JUST DON'T TREAT ANY CHILD FOR ACTING OUT. GET REAL PEOPLE , THIS IS MURDER, IT IS ACTING OUT.

  52. Cecilia Lyda

    Why weren't her parents called and told to remove her from school? I agree temper tantrums are thrown by a lot of kids when they don't get what they want, but they are just babies and need to be treated like them, not moly coddle them but make the parents do something, she is their responsibility.

  53. Kim Kelso

    This is exactly what this child deserved, too bad someone didn't spank her ass. Maybe next time she will think twice about being a destructive little brat.

  54. Karla Signed-Kj Harden

    I'm tired of hearing people scream racism when something happens to an African American, yes there are cases of racism but not everything is about race. This girl doesn't get attention at home if she's carrying her tantrums to school with her. Them cuffing her and throwing her in jail was extreme and I agree with the comments about the teachers not wanting to deal with it. They shouldn't have to either, the parents should have control of their children and they're using the child abuse law as an excuse to let their children run free. My children aren't angels and I've dealt with situations from their schools and never once have I had the police called on them. This girl was 8, too big for tantrums and too young to experience jail. They should check into her home care because last time I checked most guardians don't show love and affection like most parents. And I said MOST so don't get all defensive. Something is going on or shall I say not going on at home…

  55. Kim Kelso

    Also these are the kind of kids who will bring a gun to school and start killing people.

  56. Angela Tate

    Yes, I agree…there was quite a few I wanted to stop and call police to come and get them! Lol! They could have done something better at the school I think.

  57. Michael Broschard

    its school not a daycare .teachers teach they dont baby sit.thats why alot of you dont get it.you send your kids to school to be baby sat NO.GET IT.teachers dont parent your kids

  58. U Did Whatfool

    Ok, if she throw a tantrum, their are consequences; its part of learning and growing up. Please handle this professionally…

  59. Debra Walker Schembs

    Angela Bonacker-Huber all over the place these kids know I am a kid cant do a thing handcuffs GOOD do your kids show out like that she got what she needed and mom should be there with her hella good Mom right? NOT

  60. Anonymous

    Kathleen, you are a teacher? Your grammar and spelling are troublesome.

  61. Chris Hayworth

    I really can't see many peoples point in this. Is it really acceptable for an 8 year old to be handcuffed? Do we really live in that sort of country? This shouldn't be about blaming the parents, or lack of discipline. What cop in his right mind would handcuff an 8 year old kid? Why aren't people showing anger over that. Is this society so screwed they have accepted that 8 year old kids now get handcuffed?

  62. Jim Caldwell

    used to get paddled at school and spanked at home. i learned to behave and have never had to be taken to jail in handcuffs.

  63. Kristen Cooper

    No normal and healthy 8 year old should be throwing fits and destroying things. It may seem extreme, but it she were an adult, she would have experienced basically the same thing after having been arrested so maybe instead of saying "poor thing", someone should explain to her that this is how people are treated when they break the law and destroy other people's property. Then get the child into therapy to learn why she is so out of control. Tough love is sometimes the best lesson.

  64. Jim Caldwell

    and if the kid was in jail two hours where were her folks? why didnt they go to the school when this started. if i acted like that i would want to go to jail for a couple of hours to let my folks calm down

  65. Glen Parks

    Should have tased the little monster. This is just a preview of the way this ignorant, violent, member of the sub-culture is going to behave the rest of her life.

  66. Kelly Turner

    this young girl obviously has behavioral issues — instead of punishing her in that manner, they should have simply placed her in a time out situation and then the school counselor needed to be called in to address her issues. she is living with a guardian — that should tell you something about what is going on in her life — she doesn't have a stable life and was probably abused prior to coming to live with her guardian — it's very unfortunate that she was handled this way — I hope that she gets the help she needs.

  67. Christina Caraway McBean

    All you guys ragging on the teacher are no better than the disrespectful kids!!! She's writing in a comment section online. She's not actively teaching a class. I also think it's pretty darned funny that one person is going to make comments about the teacher's spelling etc. and then make a comment about CORPORATE punishment. Really? Are children working for Donald Trump these days? It's CORPORAL. That lady should have gotten at least one 'thanks for what you do' comment. Instead, it was all criticism. She's right, too. Teachers are in a hell of a spot right now because they are supposed to take rotten eggs and spoiled milk and a few good handfuls of flour and sugar and turn out beautiful cupcakes. HOW? I have a friend who teaches in an inner city elementary school who is about to GIVE UP. There is NO changing a kid whose parents are rearing them to grow up to be a heartless thug. IDC how much you put into them at school, it's all the crap they see at home that's going to mess them up. It also has nothing to do with how much you beat your kid either. Some of these 'bad' kids are beat every day. Parents have to lead by example!! if you all sitting out there in front of your computer have nothing better to do than rag on a teacher for making a few typos, then what are your kids learning from you? Think about it, and then go behave better.

  68. Judy Parker

    Amen ,I wasn't afraid of my Mother but I had a very healthy respect for her. She raised eight kids on her own and she firmly believed in don't spare the rod and spoil the child.

  69. Christina Caraway McBean

    Alexandra, sometimes rages like this are a result of physical or more often sexual abuse in the child's life. An 8 year old being abused like that doesn't have the coping skills or the congnitive ability to understand what is happening to them or how to find resolution for it, especially when it comes down to knowing who to trust in order to talk about it. Adults in these situations use their superior intellect to confuse and confound a child in to keeping silence while all the time they have a growing burden of anger and shame to bear. I work with Developmentally Disabled adults and it is the same with them. They will have massive tantrums and do all kinds of harm to themselves and their enviornments because they don't have the ability to know even when they are losing their temper or even why. Sometimes it's even physical pain that they don't know how to process or talk about. This kid is clearly a state court ward. She has no one she can trust. no one. How scary is that? Growing up, you at least knew you had your parents. While you may have lived in fear of the belt, you had clear rules and knew when you would get the belt. You also got warnings and you also got love and attention and probably lectures about your grades and the 'eye' if your outfits were too skimpy etc. This kid and kids like her have NONE of that. It's not just about the hitting, its about everything else that goes on around that

  70. Dorothea Marie Dunkin

    Why didn't they call her guardian/parent? Why the police first?

  71. Judy Decker Steele

    I agree with Kathleen. When we were in school, teachers wouldn't put up with this kind of behavior. The student would have a meeting of the minds with the teacher in the classroom. If you couldn't behave, you would be asked to say hello to your ankles and the teacher would take the pointer, yardstick or paddle to your backside. I got enough of these on my behind, usually for disrupting the class or being the class clown. I made it through my school years a lot wiser. I also still have a sense of humor that puts smiles on others faces. Corporal punishment is not necessarily a bad thing. It frees up the police to take care of real problems in the community, like speeding tickets and surveillance of all the donut shops around town. Just kidding…….police have so much more to worry about than a little girl acting out in a school room.

  72. Judy Decker Steele

    Diane Jackson Thank you, Diane! I was getting the feeling that I was alone, in this observation. You are so correct, and, yes, we did survive the whoopings and are not damaged permanently.

  73. Anonymous

    No, but we are not raising devils either. believe me parents know exactly what kind of child they have. Parents need to stop being accomplices and covering up for their kids. If my kids behaved anything close to this in school and I know that I have tried to do everything to discipline her/him and I know that mentally everything is okay, then you know what, yes arrest him or her. scare the crap out of them. have them fear something. that's one of the major problems with children today (and adults for that matter) they don't fear or respect anything or anyone, not even God.

  74. Anonymous

    it's not always the parents faults and not always a consequence of drugs either. Some times there are parents that do all they can to no avail. I truly believe that absent any kind of mental or psychological issue, that some kids are just rotten. Sorry to say but true. On the other hand, some parents don't always do what is necessary to discipline their kids for fear of being labeled abusers. I was spanked as a child and so were my brothers, we loved our parents but feared them and as such kept out of trouble. of course kids will be kids and you do get into some trouble but we were always aware of the consequences. I also think that there is an absence of a strong male figure in most children's lives. Most fathers are absent from the home. No, it's not stupid to punish her, it's necessary. I do agree that they should find out what is going on at home as well.

  75. Valerie Brillhart

    I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER THAN BARB WEDDLE GILLISPIE, IT'S THE PARENTS FAULT, THEY MUST LET HER RUN ARUND LIKE A LITTLE ANIMAL, AND FIGURE LET THE TEACHERS TAKE CARE OF IT, AND YUR RIGHT THEY WILL TRY TO SUE, SAY IT IS RACISM AND NOT BAD PARENTING,

  76. Marilyn Loprich

    There is a "guardian" involved in this story, and that is not necessarily a parent. It could be she is in a foster home. To tear up classrooms, and possibly harm other students should give everyone pause that this girl may have major problems in her home life. The school may have no other recourse, but I would hope that someone is looking into her welfare on the home front. She needs a lot of love, and a lot of attention in the good way. I certainly hope she gets it.

  77. John Pjr

    I agree the kid should not of been handcuffed why didn't they just tase her if they couldn't control then problem solved before she hurt herself or someone else.

  78. Anonymous

    Man, why don't you proof-read your articles and hire writers that can spell!

  79. Bailey M. Williams

    Are you serious?? Handcuffing an EIGHT-YEAR-OLD, refusing to let her use the restroom or get her coat in the dead of winter is ok in your eyes? I surely hope you don't have children.This is neglect by parents (evidenced in the child's behavior) and abuse by authority figures. That does not treat a child to behave, it treats a child that they have no worth and ultimately makes them WORSE!!!

  80. Bailey M. Williams

    I'm floored at the way you adults are speaking of this 8-year-old child, especially parents, teachers and caregivers. This is a child, who is not responsible for herself. She did not raise herself. Children learn what they live. This is absolutely disgusting. Millions of self-righteous adults ganging up on a defenseless child is not the way. We talk about the fruit, but need to look at the tree.

  81. Jules MacLovin

    It IS stupid to throw an 8 year old in jail and it is NOT necessary. And no it is not true that kids are just born rotten, they are a product of their parents and their environment. If the parents enable their children to act this way, or abuse them…this is what you will get. Children do not have the capacity to see the long term affects of their actions, that is why they need their parents and that is why there are laws to protect them.

  82. Bailey M. Williams

    Kathleen Trimble if you can't handle children, maybe you are in the wrong profession.

  83. Bailey M. Williams

    Exactly Tawanda!! But, we all know that this could never happen to them. For self-righteous people raise perfect children. SMH…
    And once the Police got the child, their actions were deplorable. This is just sad.

  84. Stephanie Brown

    Anyone who has ever worked with children knows these are all the symptoms of a child having a major meltdown. She clearly is a complete brat. And the bathroom manipulation attempt? Puleez….. Those welts on her wrists? another manipulative attempt to get over on everyone she can. Glad she did not get over on the authorities.

  85. Denmark Vesey

    dude, so she spelled "our" wrong. Big Deal. Calm down. lol.

  86. Anonymous

    Exactly, she's used to getting her way. Releasing her to her guardian…do you think she'll really get punished? I doubt it. That girl needed to be taught a lesson!

  87. Christina Caraway McBean

    Jules MacLovin I agree to a point. My son has behavior problems. He's autistic, but that's only part of the picture. He's a very angry boy and we don't even know why. I've noticed that this whole rageful child phenomenon is growing by leaps and bounds. I do my best with my child, I've sent him to a number of therapies and we are finally considering medication (he is close to this girl's age). I honestly don't think it's my fault that my child continues to have problems. His dad and I have spent all kinds of time, effort and energy, to the point where my husband volunteers at the school full time to be there for him. We don't neglect our child, use drugs, drink, beat or abuse or any of those other things that people think may happen in these situations, and we certainly are NOT permissive with him. There are consequences for his actions and if he doesn't behave, he doesn't get the things he wants. period. He's just….angry! And we keep working until we find a solution that will help him cope with every day life. Every situation has a backdrop that colors it differently from the others. Be careful how you judge.

  88. John Silva

    two hrs in jail is a time out! as for handcuffs-would a coat with wrap around arms be better (she also would not be cold ).

  89. Connie Evans

    When a child is that far out of control, something has to be done. I don't think handcuffs and jail are necsessarily the answer, but maybe a rubber room for a coupld of hours. What will this child be like when she gets older?

  90. Cyn Hop

    What do they need straight jackets in the schools now? People have no idea how violent an eight year old can be.
    Sounds like the child and her guardian need an institutional setting.

  91. Kristy Joyner-Miles

    Bailey M. Williams Teachers should not have to "handle" the kids!! Parents need to teach their kids to respect others…..My child who is 7 would NEVER act like this to anyone!!! And you want to know why she is well behaved??? Cause she gets her ass spanked!!! Yes I said it……SPANKED!!!!! Parents who do NOT believe in spanking need to go somewhere else or mind your own business when it comes to the discipline of a child. I feel sorry for the teachers who have to deal with kids that have low life parents. In the article it mentions the "Guardine" as the person who cares for her…..not her mom or dad! That right there tells you that her life is already bad!! And the article never mentions whether this child gets in trouble all the time….maybe shes a repeat offender???

  92. Linda Lunnie

    Sue Haskins do you have children Miss haskins?? i do & BEAT their behinds when needed. My son are now respectable working young men. Did i mention black young men, oh i did it as a single parent and did a lot of praying also.

  93. Jenn Duncan Silagi

    The school did call her parents. It took 2 hours for someone to reach her "guardian". This girl was treated like a criminal because she was ACTING like a criminal. All of the people who are saying, "She's only 8" have very obviously never had to deal with an out of control child. Yes, we could on and on about how the parents should discipline her at home, but that is a moot point now. She wasn't taught proper behaviour and self-control throughout her formative years, so now she is in need of tough love. The police did the right thing, unfortunately, her "guardian" is defending her bad behaviour and reinforcing it. If her parents backed them up, this could have been a life-changing lesson for her. So, in another 8 years, when this girl is taking her anger out on another kid in high school instead of a classroom, are we going to say, "She's only 16"?

  94. Kristy Joyner-Miles

    I do NOT have to worry about my child being put in handcuffs at this age……You know why?? Cause her ass would get beat!!!! Kids need to be taught to respect others, especially their teachers!!!! Who knows, this child could be a repeat offender of acting bad! Maybe she needed a little jail time to wake her up. At one point when my daughter was 6 yrs old, I pulled up in frount of the police station to let her know I was not going to tolerate her behavior and that if she did not straighten up, I would take her inside and let them deal with her…..She straighened up pretty fast!!!

  95. Rodney Woodard

    Having a child is a privilege but disciplining your child in the right way is your duty. Step up you dead beat parents and do your job

  96. Linda Lunnie

    wait until you have your own children, and i hope you e=mail a forum like this and let us know how your perfect children turned out

  97. Carlin Nelson

    Since this girl is autistic, the actions of the PD are nothing short of over reactive and the school's actions nothing short of reprehensible. The school should have first called the guardian. They could have come down to the school and diffused the situation and taken the child home.

    That being said… Had it been either of my kids (neither have any type of social disabilities) acted like that in school, I'm with Barb.

  98. Linda Lunnie

    if the police used the handcuffs she must have been still in the middle of her tantrum, therefore redirecting did not matter

  99. Jules MacLovin

    So do you believe that your child should be thrown in jail because he is angry?

  100. Anthony Basilio

    I notice they didn't say parent. If a kid is out of control what are you suppose to do, a time out…..please. She got what she needed….I'm sure asked to get her coat in the middle of her tantrum. He said , She said, On this rare occasion I'm with the police.

  101. Ronda B Kaucher

    How many classrooms does this child get to destroy in the meantime while they wait for the guardian to get there. And don't expect the staff to restrain her or they will probably be sued! Maybe handcuffing her was the safest way to get her removed from the situation without her being physically hurt.

  102. Jeannine F. Valentine

    This is a FREACING OUTRAGE to do this to an 8 year old. Who ever thought that this was ok to do need to be disciplined in front of a judge.

  103. Lori Manning Martinez

    They have no right to handcuff a kid. And if the teachers can't handle a 8 year kid than mayne they shouldn't be teachers. BUT we will never know the truth because WE was not there.

  104. Elsa Castilleja

    Why didn't the school call the parents? Get to the school your child is out of control.

  105. Michelle R. Knight

    Where in the article does it say the girl is autistic? Didn't read that. Kids who are autistic have teachers that are able to deal with their tantrums and don't need to call the police. Sounds to me like she got what she needed. Too many parents DON'T discipline their children and expect everyone else to tolerate their children. I personally have had enough of rude, ill mannered and disrespectful CHILDREN. Where are the parents? Apparently " TIME OUTS" DO NOT WORK!!!

  106. Trisha Kaufman

    I hope you're not a teacher using are instead of our?!

  107. Donna Tarnef Pitzorella

    i hope that anyone that agrees a child should be handcuffed, thrown in jail (for no reason) don't have children,,it is easy to say that you agree, but if you had a child and they were treated like this, you would be the first to sue,,,,the first thing the school should have done, was contact the guardian,,,not the police,,,a temper tantrum is not a crime,it is what some kids do,,,geez, if i called the cops every time my daughter threw a tantrum,,she would be a lifer ,,,wake up people,,,discipline your children,,teach them,,so when you send them out into the world they know how to act,,but don't call the police,,,

  108. Elsa Castilleja

    Carlin Nelson Where did it say she is autistic??

  109. Trisha Churchill

    So no one bothered to contact the girls guardian? when in first grade I tossed a fit and had to stand facing the chalk board for the morning but handcuffs? Bet ya this little girl has a mind set for the future that no one would want.

  110. Ann Drake

    Good lesson for the kid! I'd say the parents have a lot too learn about parenting.

  111. Sharon Gail Allred Williams

    Thank you Christina for having the ability to see this situation for what it really is. We have no idea what this child goes through or has gone through. Treating every child like a criminal is not the answer. First we must get down to the raw truth of what has happened or is happening in this childs life. Also, you are right she does not have the cognitive skills to understand being handcuffed and put in jail. No 2 year old should ever be jailed. If anyone is jailed it should be the parents.

  112. Diana Cornwell

    how much authority do you want? you want to be ale to strike our children? not your job. if parents punish their children properly at home then there is no need for you to do it…especially if the child is of special needs. you strike my child and one of us is going to jail….most likely ME. nothing wrong with a spanking if needed but definately not your job. and maybe the spelling was only in error but if you really can spell then god help our children. Handcuffing a child is also a bit extreme. if we as parents resort back to the discipline our parent gave us then things might not be as bad as they are. but you still have to take any disability into your disciplinary actions.

  113. Diana Cornwell

    how much authority do you want? you want to be ale to strike our children? not your job. if parents punish their children properly at home then there is no need for you to do it…especially if the child is of special needs. you strike my child and one of us is going to jail….most likely ME. nothing wrong with a spanking if needed but definately not your job. and maybe the spelling was only in error but if you really can spell then god help our children. Handcuffing a child is also a bit extreme. if we as parents resort back to the discipline our parent gave us then things might not be as bad as they are. but you still have to take any disability into your disciplinary actions.

  114. Kerri Williams

    I think it's GREAT! If my child was acting like an ignorant fool…handcuff em and let them cry. Myself, as the parent, would be HUMILIATED if teachers had to call the police because they were acting that bad.

  115. Kerri Williams

    I think it's GREAT! If my child was acting like an ignorant fool…handcuff em and let them cry. Myself, as the parent, would be HUMILIATED if teachers had to call the police because they were acting that bad.

  116. Jason Missimer

    Pam Russell Boy Pam, Nothing like a good spelling beat down during an article explaining what very well could be considered child abuse…..Thinking your missing the picture…

  117. Katie Burns

    The lil girl probably has add or adhd and should not have been handled like that. The school should have called the parents. If I was her parents I would sue both the school and the police officers

  118. Leah Jayne Sell

    Yeah… just destroy 2 classrooms & what? Think of how damn disruptive this must have been for other students, trying to learn. If your child was in the classroom and got hit by this girl while she was wilding out it would be a whole different argument, we'd be blaming the teachers for NOT calling for police intervention. The teachers probably didn't know what the hell to do. Lock her ass up! Teach her that the shit will not fly. She'll think twice about pulling another stunt like that again.

  119. Donna Tarnef Pitzorella

    let's untie parents hands,,these are the people that need to step up to the plate and be parents,,this generation lives with "friends",,parents need not be friends to their children,,does anyone know why this child threw a tantrum? and why would the first choice be to call the police? what happened to the principal or call mom/guardian !!! this could have been avoided,,,and for the teacher's comment,,,i agree with some of the posters,,,learn to spell,,then post a comment,,even if it doesn't make much sense,,

  120. Carrie Bullock

    People are gonna make more out of it then it really is!!

  121. Gina Allaria

    @ Carlin – Were did it state that this girl was autistic. Or do you have more information that what was provided? Just wondering

  122. Angela Jay Durden

    She needed it teach them early before they turn out worse and live off our tax money

  123. Patricia Sanderson Gill

    Actually, though I don't agree with her post, as I read it her usage of "retarded" was correct. She did not apply the term to a person, but as a descriptor of limits. Unless she didn't realize that's how she wrote it, which is something else entirely…
    We really need to understand what words mean and that they do not only apply to one politically incorrect adjective.

  124. Patricia Sanderson Gill

    Actually, though I don't agree with her post, as I read it her usage of "retarded" was correct. She did not apply the term to a person, but as a descriptor of limits. Unless she didn't realize that's how she wrote it, which is something else entirely…
    We really need to understand what words mean and that they do not only apply to one politically incorrect adjective.

  125. Jennifer Rose Hilton

    the teachers should have sent her to the office and if she continued they could call her parents. even if she weren't autistic this was an over reaction. If I was the mom I would have told the supervisor of the officers either they get suspend with no pay for at least two weeks or I sue the station for neglect and abuse.

  126. Monica Boggs Cline

    I bet she wont think twice and thats the sad thing!

  127. Monica Boggs Cline

    I bet she wont think twice and thats the sad thing!

  128. Monica Boggs Cline

    I bet she wont think twice and thats the sad thing!

  129. Jacque Wurzelbacher

    I continue to be surprised at the absence of education about autism as well as good parenting (re: some of the uneducated comments below from parents). And where were the trained SPED educators & school counselor? Amazing to me that the school had no protocol for intervention in these circumstances, other than calling the police on an 8 year old autistic student. The school administration should be sued; and should have had a protocol in place to deal with this special needs child. It's heartbreaking to me how badly served our children are.

  130. Leah Jayne Sell

    It probably was a last resort… I don't know if ya'll have kids, but my four-year-old is big enough to fuck my shit up if he wanted. An Eight-year-old can probably cause a lot of harm. What a nightmare for the other students and the teachers that had to deal with it. if my son acted like this, they'd better cuff him and teach him a lesson! I'd want them to call me, of course. & I'm sure they did call the mother. But think about it, parents work and the mother was probably busy. It took her two hours to get her child… so.

  131. KL InIdaho

    Why not just put her in an empty padded room and let her there till she calms herself where an adult can see her? If she was asking to use the bathroom, she calmed herself. These schools need to watch Super Nanny and provide a calm space and let the kid figure out that they are making themselves miserable and everyone else will just go on with their day. You don't have to use so much intimation — appeal to their sense of being left out when they act like little jerks and put the responsibility on them to get back into the game and act normally. When they see that they will not participate equally when they act crazy, they will get the picture that they do not control everyone else. Parents can follow up with taking away perks at home then with discussion about proper school behavior.

  132. Sherrie Scharf

    Well in her tantrum, since you mentioned murder if she was to really SERIOUS hurt someone is it still ACTING OUT? JUST SAYING

  133. Phil Jeffers

    Yes, she is an eight year old, out of control brat. She lacks dicipline at home and at school. Since schools can no longer spank kids and most parents think "time out" is punishment, kids these days are out of control brats with no respect for anyone or anything. Handcuffing her was appropriate and I doubt the cops ignored her request to go to the bathroom. Eight year olds do lie!!!

  134. Shawna Swogger

    I'm not sure why they didn't call the child's guardian first. I would be pissed if my child was hauled off to jail without first trying to contact me. Other then that, I think throwing the girl in jail was the right thing if she really did destroy two classrooms. Harsh behavior deserves harsh punishment.

  135. Shawna Swogger

    I'm not sure why they didn't call the child's guardian first. I would be pissed if my child was hauled off to jail without first trying to contact me. Other then that, I think throwing the girl in jail was the right thing if she really did destroy two classrooms. Harsh behavior deserves harsh punishment.

  136. Shawna Swogger

    I'm not sure why they didn't call the child's guardian first. I would be pissed if my child was hauled off to jail without first trying to contact me. Other then that, I think throwing the girl in jail was the right thing if she really did destroy two classrooms. Harsh behavior deserves harsh punishment.

  137. Shawna Swogger

    I'm not sure why they didn't call the child's guardian first. I would be pissed if my child was hauled off to jail without first trying to contact me. Other then that, I think throwing the girl in jail was the right thing if she really did destroy two classrooms. Harsh behavior deserves harsh punishment.

  138. Shawna Swogger

    I'm not sure why they didn't call the child's guardian first. I would be pissed if my child was hauled off to jail without first trying to contact me. Other then that, I think throwing the girl in jail was the right thing if she really did destroy two classrooms. Harsh behavior deserves harsh punishment.

  139. Alice Bengel

    Let's back the truck up a minute, folks. When I got my daughter from foster care, she was seven and she didn't act a whole lot better than this child. Why? Because her first seven years had been nothing but negect, abuse, instability, inconsistancy, and every other condition you can imagine that would contribute to tantrums and general poor impulse control from her. She'd been in foster care for a couple of years and moved around because nobody was willing to deal with her problems, so they got worse because people kept giving up on her. But I didn't give up. I adopted her and worked with her on her problems and I sat with her in her classroom when I needed to, and guess what she is now? A well-behaved, 12-year-old, A and B student. SO, before you crucify this child, you need to put yourself in her shoes for a little while. What's her home life like? Is it stable? Is she being abused? Does she get enough to eat? Does she get enough sleep? Does somebody walk by and knock her in the head with no warning? Because if so, that child is not going to behave normally in a classroom. It's impossible. Her behavior is not normal. Don't be so quick to assume that she just got up that morning and decided to be a pain in the.

  140. Angeline Weaver

    I have read a lot of the comments on this article. Key word is the child is" autistic" maybe none of you have been around children with this problem. They have to be handled differntly then otherchildren that are just plain bad. To ignore the child and not let her use the bathroom is insane if we did this to our own children it would be consider abuse. The school shoould have called the parent first and let them know they were calling the police. Diane Jackson please go back and read your comment not so much as what you said but the spelling and is that the way you speak.

  141. Elinore J. Krause

    So Kathleen, you say you are a teacher and you go on to say "are hands are tied!" Looks like you should go back to Spelling 101 – "Our" hands are tied is correct. And, miss behave? Really? Misbehave is also correct. You should use spell check before you state that you are a teacher.

    Now, about this child being handcuffed: She was definitely too young for that but those "time out" rooms that I have seen all over the internet would have been appropriate. The guardian should have been contacted first, also. Police can get involved but the guardian needs to be there, too.

  142. DDumpster Juice

    We know the problem is blacks.
    You don't have to say it but I we all know who the major offenders of school discipline is.
    Blacks simply do not belong in schools where whites and Asians are.

    You all know I'm right too.

  143. Abigail Greaves

    Where does it say she was autistic. It does not. Therefor it was just a tantrum, however I do not think she should have been treated this way.

  144. Lisa Young

    An educator using bad grammar and misspelling commonly used words is a BIG deal and it’s a prime example of the problems with the public education systems across the country. Under no circumstances should an eight year old be placed in handcuffs for throwing a tantrum, and likewise, no educator should present him or herself in any forum; be it the classroom or online, in such an negative manner. We live in a time where parents are arrested, convicted and can have their children removed for disciplining their own children, but you want corporal punishment reinstated in public schools…THAT’S CRAZY! If school personnel called the police, why didn’t they call the child’s guardian? There is something DEFINITELY NOT RIGHT about this story. What provoked the tantrum and why was she allowed to destroy two rooms. If a school full of “highly qualified” teachers and administrators couldn’t handle one eight year old, the child isn’t the problem…IJS!

  145. Nathan Boone

    I think this is the ultimate story for kids who act out, the false peace of mind it portrays what as parents regardless of statue are limited to when it boils down to "what to do" this girls, parents could not be reached her dad is in jail of course and the child was way off her rocker, but understand the school is bound by law and as well for the teachers there hand are cut of from doing anything out side of there teaching, if they were to even put one finger on the girl they can and would have been prosecuted even for a simple walk to the office if she would have injured her self on the way.. the police use handcuffs to keep most people from harming them selfs and others, handcuffs are not a weapon by any-means.. she was hitting teachers and students, propelling objects thro the air.. don't get me wrong id be the first one to tell ill go to jail befor my kid trust me on that. this story has to be taken into context for informal purpose only to wake us up and that the law binds us parents to teach our children and not to bring harm to them be it for punishment or discipline.. we can and will go to jail for a simple spanking regardless if marks are let or not, we are not allowed by law to perform corporal punishment when more than one child is involved.. so what are we suppose to do?

  146. Nathan Boone

    I think this is the ultimate story for kids who act out, the false peace of mind it portrays what as parents regardless of statue are limited to when it boils down to "what to do" this girls, parents could not be reached her dad is in jail of course and the child was way off her rocker, but understand the school is bound by law and as well for the teachers there hand are cut of from doing anything out side of there teaching, if they were to even put one finger on the girl they can and would have been prosecuted even for a simple walk to the office if she would have injured her self on the way.. the police use handcuffs to keep most people from harming them selfs and others, handcuffs are not a weapon by any-means.. she was hitting teachers and students, propelling objects thro the air.. don't get me wrong id be the first one to tell ill go to jail befor my kid trust me on that. this story has to be taken into context for informal purpose only to wake us up and that the law binds us parents to teach our children and not to bring harm to them be it for punishment or discipline.. we can and will go to jail for a simple spanking regardless if marks are let or not, we are not allowed by law to perform corporal punishment when more than one child is involved.. so what are we suppose to do?

  147. Nathan Boone

    I think this is the ultimate story for kids who act out, the false peace of mind it portrays what as parents regardless of statue are limited to when it boils down to "what to do" this girls, parents could not be reached her dad is in jail of course and the child was way off her rocker, but understand the school is bound by law and as well for the teachers there hand are cut of from doing anything out side of there teaching, if they were to even put one finger on the girl they can and would have been prosecuted even for a simple walk to the office if she would have injured her self on the way.. the police use handcuffs to keep most people from harming them selfs and others, handcuffs are not a weapon by any-means.. she was hitting teachers and students, propelling objects thro the air.. don't get me wrong id be the first one to tell ill go to jail befor my kid trust me on that. this story has to be taken into context for informal purpose only to wake us up and that the law binds us parents to teach our children and not to bring harm to them be it for punishment or discipline.. we can and will go to jail for a simple spanking regardless if marks are let or not, we are not allowed by law to perform corporal punishment when more than one child is involved.. so what are we suppose to do?

  148. Nathan Boone

    I think this is the ultimate story for kids who act out, the false peace of mind it portrays what as parents regardless of statue are limited to when it boils down to "what to do" this girls, parents could not be reached her dad is in jail of course and the child was way off her rocker, but understand the school is bound by law and as well for the teachers there hand are cut of from doing anything out side of there teaching, if they were to even put one finger on the girl they can and would have been prosecuted even for a simple walk to the office if she would have injured her self on the way.. the police use handcuffs to keep most people from harming them selfs and others, handcuffs are not a weapon by any-means.. she was hitting teachers and students, propelling objects thro the air.. don't get me wrong id be the first one to tell ill go to jail befor my kid trust me on that. this story has to be taken into context for informal purpose only to wake us up and that the law binds us parents to teach our children and not to bring harm to them be it for punishment or discipline.. we can and will go to jail for a simple spanking regardless if marks are let or not, we are not allowed by law to perform corporal punishment when more than one child is involved.. so what are we suppose to do?

  149. Kati Johnston

    Barb Weddle Gillispie you are an idiot. You obviously do not have a child with autism or know any. Handcuffing a child with autism is inhumane. Imagine if YOU were put in a straight jacket and your mouth was duck taped shut. Thats how that little girl felt. The school and the cops SHOULD be sued. The police should hire a professional to HELP in these situations rather than let people who have NO clue "handle" it. Before you make an idiotic comment you should have an idea of what you're talking about. Ronda, when you have autistic child and they hand cuff him, then you can talk. The autism specialist should have stepped in along with the guardian. Obviously they waited too long to get help and the situation escalated to a dangerous point, that is the school's fault..not the little girls. GUESS WHAT THEY ACT THE WAY THEY ARE TREATED!

  150. DDumpster Juice

    What is with you people?
    You have totally out of control youth that will undoubtedly be a race of super violent killers in the near future.
    You people need to control or sterilize your ghetto parents.

  151. Karen Kronmiller

    carlin mentioned that this child is autistic. was there an individual education plan in place which should have listed how to handle situations like this? if she is not special needs I'm with barb and carlin.

  152. Kati Johnston

    Anna Jane, the fact you think she "picked" a tantrum to get attention shows you have no idea what you're talking about. Stevemcd98 who do you think she learned her behavior from and one more thing…I doubt you have kids and if you do, I seriously doubt they are autistic.

  153. Kati Johnston

    Joan Knight, Diane Jackson, Alexnadra Schooner- you dont beat a kid with autism….you dont beat kids. There's a difference between spanking and beating. Non of you have kids on the autism spectrum so you shouldn't comment where you have NO knowledge.

  154. Kati Johnston

    she's not a criminal. she is autistic. BIG DIFFERENCE.

  155. Linda Sadler Pritz

    By G_D in Heaven, that's exactly what she needed! What gives her the right to tear up anything let alone two class rooms. Parents if you are not happy with the treatment she got then keep your little flower at home and teach her yourself, startign with "RESPECT"! As far as her wanting a coat and going to the bathroom, well they all have wants when they know they can't have their own way. Two hours in jail, perfect!' We have a society full of out of control kids, cause more than likely the parents are out of control!

  156. Jules MacLovin

    I agree Kati….I find it really sad that the only answer to this 8 year old CHILD's problems are to "beat her ass" or "throw her in jail." And most of these comments are made by teachers who are supposed to be protecting our children. You are supposed to be trained to see the signs of abuse/neglect and you are mandatory reporters. You would think you would have a little more common sense and compassion when it comes to dealing with children. You should be ashamed of yourselves. If this is the best advice you can come up with…you shouldn't be teaching a pet rock….let alone children.

  157. Elizabeth Berens

    As someone that has autism I am sick and tired of hearing it used as an excuses to get away with things. That being said the police did over react if in fact what is being said about being denied the right to use the bathroom or get her coat. however, my parents also made it clear to me as a child that even though I had issues with being in large groups I had issues getting along with kids my age that was no excuse for throwing a fit and destroying ANYTHING. the school I went to understood I had autism and allowed me when things were difficult to leave the room and go talk to my councilor or when I was in high school I was allowed to go into the choir room and zone for a few minutes. I never ruined anything and I never used my autism as an excuse to get away with what I knew was wrong.

  158. Diana Boden-Morano

    This girl is autistic and should not be in a regular elementary school. She should be in a school for autistic children.
    Instead of calling the police, the administration should have notified her parents and had them pick her up.

  159. Patricia Sanderson Gill

    There is not enough information in this article – or any of the others I just pulled up – to know what really happened, but a few points to consider:

    What is her mental status, and why does she, as reported have a history of tantrums in the school?

    Tearing up two classrooms could mean anything from throwing papers in the air to breaking windows. It would be helpful to know how extreme her behavior really was. You can't put a child in the corner if she won't go there. The teachers are not allowed to touch her, remember? That they might is another article that will have as many outraged opinions. She can't be physically forced to the Principles office by staff either…so law enforcement is pretty much the only option at this point. What, are they expected to just let her wig out? Then when she cuts herself or knocks her head against the wall, or bites another kid, the cry will be, "Why didn't they do something!"

    Very hard to come out on the right side of this when it concerns the treatment of a child who is tying the hands of the adults around her.

    School policy is usually to contact a parent or guardian immediately, no matter any other required action – no mention of whether or not that happened, or was possible. (The last time we read about some tiny terror, his folks hadn't answered their cell phone…)

    The school and police are limited in their means to restrain a child who is violently acting out. If she was uncontrollable in her outburst, and physically causing some form of damage to anything, she meets the definition.
    Should we finally crawl in to modern times and have flexible restraining straps instead of metal cuffs? Yeah, probably. But I don't know what they used on her and whether her marks were a result of bondage, or her trying to escape it.

    Juvenile detention centers are not JAIL. Not like an adult jail. There are separate rooms for different purposes; some holding cells are padded, and some are simply rooms…lock-downs are for criminals who will be held as a court-ordered punishment or transferred to another long-term facility. (I know this because I was, long ago, a delinquent who frequented such establishments.)

    I have not read that she was factually arrested, simply detained by extreme measures until someone could come get her. I am not in favor of handcuffing small children, but it doesn't sound like they had many other options.

  160. Jolene Schiaffino

    NO WHERE in that article does it mention AUTISM,…. AUTISM is a diagnoseable medical issue not to be used as an EXCUSE for bad behavior,….

  161. Kristal Kelly

    How is her behavior neglect by the parents? I have always disciplined my kids, but they still act out now and then. Not to this extreme, but I think you're in the wrong by assuming something about her parents. Teachers don't have much of an option any more, but it seems like schools should have some training in these situations, something that would have prevented the police being called. But they probably did it thinking of protecting every one else.

  162. Christine Johnson

    hold on. Listen. I think if you all open your eyes, you'll get that this was a "scared straight" tacktic. Now personally, I have made it well known to my childrens school that if they cut up, call me I will be there in 10 min flat with a belt, to tighten up that butt. The school may have tried to reach this girls family and couldn't so they had to respond in this magnatiude. These kids need to learn to respect people and property, and more over LEARN CONSEQUENCE. the world is not like TV you can't act a fool, talk back to your parents, cuss, and act like an all around ass and not get checked for it. Since parents aren't spanking their kids, something has to happen. It seem cruel at first, but if my son or daughter did what she did ( which they wouldn't because I have instilled the fear(and love) of GOD and MOM in their little hearts), once I picked them up from jail- I'd whoop their little behinds so well they wouldn't sit down for a few days, and they would have to help fix the mess they made. and that is call PARENTING.

  163. Erin Gombita

    She tore up 2 classrooms and I'm sure was considered a threat to student and teacher safety. Cops are called as a last resort so it must have been bad. I don't believe the guardian of this girl is telling the entire truth and is probably exxagerating. I'm sure if a fellow student posed an immediate threat to your child and the teachers had no control you'd be happy the cops were involved.

  164. Jolene Schiaffino

    PARENTS need to PARENT, not wait for someone else to do it. and don't give me the "she's just an eight year old", because soon she'll be a 12 yr old, 15 yr old, 18 yr old,….OH SHIT she's a BADLY behaved adult,… NOW we can arrest her, manners and respect are TAUGHT at YOUNG age,….. people want to say "It takes a village",…well I guess the village is tired of dealing with ill mannered idiots,… this is what happens when you wait for someone else to do it,….

  165. Kati Johnston

    For all you people saying this child deserved to be handcuffed and beat her etc. You are showing how little education you really have. This child has AUTISM. She is not a criminal. She is not a wild animal. You don't know if she is non verbal, or has ANOTHER issue along with being autistic. She had a tantrum because she couldn't communicate, she got scared, she got out of control, this can be autism. Without proper social, speech, occupational therapies this is how it goes. Its expensive and most families cannot afford all of it and if Obama has his way it will not be covered by insurance. The teachers are not equipped to handle ALL situations, that is why most schools(that can AFFORD it) have autism specialists and therapists and paras. This ISSUE is way more complicated than "beat her" or call the cops so they can abuse her. Insurance needs to be reformed so everyone can get it, teachers need more pay and more skills, schools need more money so they can hire the right professionals, and to all you idiots making idiotic comments, when you have a child or a grandchild with autism then your opinion will count, but until then, it doesn't. When you agree there needs to be a change to help people rather than let the system handle them, then things will change. I hope this gets the attention it deserves because its way deeper than traumatizing this poor girl.

  166. Steven Duvall

    Whew, she is lucky. If I had did something like that, My butt would have been torn up not once, not twice, but THREE times, once at school and again when I got home by Mom, then again when Dad got home. I knew that, so I behaved. That is what's wrong with kids these days, NO discipline. Not beating but spanking. We called it "having the board of education applied to the seat of learning". And it worked. Less school violence, less disruptive behavior, NO school shootings. Get a grip, people, get out of this "Oh if I spank them that's abuse" attitude. IF you love your kids then discipline them. Teach them right from wrong.

  167. Jolene Schiaffino

    Angela Bonacker-Huber yeps she's eight,… eight year old kill other children,… eight year old's have babies,… bottom line eight year old's need to act like eight year old's,…..yes sir, no sir, may I,…..

  168. Janis Hahn

    This child has a "guardian". There are already problems and the school clearly knows about them. School budgets have been cut, there are no trained counselors to handle children with special needs. So they call the police? And there are no trained officers to deal with an 8 year old with a mental health issue?

  169. Patricia Sanderson Gill

    Where did you read that she is autistic? I could not pull up that information, and the only thread that mentioned it elsewhere was apparently deleted.

  170. Angela Silloway

    where does it say anything about her being autistic, I agree she shouldn't have been handcuffed and treated this way, but this article says nothing about her being autistic

  171. Doris Storlien

    When a parents right to dicipline their children was taken from them and it was make illegal, that is where the problem started. When a parent can not dicipline their children without being charged with child abuse, something is wrong with the whole picture. It does not hurt a child to get their butts spanked when they need it. It does not warp their personality, quite the opposite. They remember what they got that spanking for and are very careful not to make the same mistake. That is what is wrong with our whole society, today. Too much of the parents control has been taken away from them. If the nosey busybodies would mind their own business and let a parent raise their children as we were raised, when I was a child, there would not be all of this hostility in the children. It all started out to get attention, then when they were corrected, some old busybody would call Child Protection and turn them in for abuse or endangerment. I sure wish we could go back to the way I was raised as a child and there would be less of this violence in our great United States. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TOUGH LOVE AND ABUSE/ENDANGERMENT, A BIG, BIG DIFFERENCE.

  172. Sonia Lopez Ocasio

    This child shouldn't be in a regular school. This child needs to be in a school with children who have special needs & the teacher's are used to dealing with children who have mental issues. Also, the proper place for her should have been a hospital not a jail. They could have given her a mild sedative to calm her down. If she was a normal child then jail would have been the proper place for her. Children need to know that they can not act up and not suffer any consequences.

  173. Carrie Garrett Williams

    WOW!!! This little girl was also AUTISTIC..Autistic children react in so many ways..No I dont know much about it, but I know parents of autistic kids and I've been around these kids.. It just baffles me that people are sayin beat her butt, she wants more attention.SERIOUSLY?? The parent should have been notified. And to cuff and put her in jail isnt right.. Shes not a criminal.. Yes she needed help and I pray she gets it, but they way these people handled it, was just wrong. I agree anything she tore up should be for the parents to reimberse..

  174. Angela Silloway

    and also the person who wrote this article needs to go back to school ,it's pleas not please

  175. Jules MacLovin

    Ok so even if you think they did the best thing by handcuffing her to get her out of the room….what about after that?? Why did they leave handcuffed for 2 hours and deny her a coat or let her go pee. Where was the need in that?? Do you seriously think the police officers could not control an 8 year old?? You act like kids are disposable and if they have defects we should write them off and throw them away. Sickening behavior by adults!!

  176. Christine Johnson

    Jenn Duncan Silagi, I agree, and more over when she is 16 and beats her mother and accidentally kills someone, then they will say- she was always a troubled child… blah blah blah. and if she is Autistic, then she should have been in a special program where these type of out bursts are properly delt with. And more so, i think that autistic children are just as smart (and sometimes smarter) than an average child, they just have different needs to help them develope to socitey- but i guarentee this episode, if the parent had sided with the officers, these kind of tantrums would slow or cease all together. Autistic children are stupid, in fact they can be quite brilliant, and they still need discipline- just like any other child.

  177. Crystal Rucker

    While it might seem excessive
    …8 year olds are committing serious offenses today…and if its this bad at 8 what's it going to be like when she's a teen?

  178. Neva Burgess Crawford

    Lack of discipline and not taught respect for her teachers and/or the police. Why not handcuff her, they've taken all rights from teachers to discipline their students when they act out. Seriously, I doubt the police wouldn't let her use the bathroom, she's 8. Her "guardian" probably doesn't make her take responsibility for her own actions and will tell everyone she's "a good girl"…hear it all the time. Meanwhile, that's part of the problem. You allow children to act like that at home, how do you think they will act in public. Ever been to a Walmart?

  179. Janis Hahn

    Christina, there is so much we don't know about what happens in the developing brain. Neuroscientists are studying this day in and day out, but right here on this page we have so many experts in behavior. I'm sorry for what you and your family are going through – it is hard to try everything and to just no know what the answer is. Of course all these "perfect" people have so little sympathy, but I hope if you do try medication – and I know that is a two edged sword, it helps. The more I learn the more I realize we don't know. Best of luck to you and your family.

  180. Virginia Snyder

    IN JAIL? What in the world! Did they not have enough sense to call her guardian/mental health personell.
    or such? but JAIL? A very serious situation when the APPROPRIATE first CALL is not made!

  181. Kati Johnston

    This is not the only article on this issue. There are many people who are autistic who do not have bad behavior like this, but there are also many people on the spectrum who DO have this type of reaction and worse. Toni, I didn't say it was an excuse did I . But for all you who do not have a child with autism you have NO idea what its like. You should thank God you dont have a child on the spectrum because you obviously couldn't handle it.

  182. Tanya Louise Neal

    No where does this state the child is autistic, if it were my child I'd probably initially be pissed to, but if my 8 year old had that kind of behavior, he/she deserves punishment. I bet she won't do it again, unless the parents/guardian allow it to happen at home.

  183. Tanya Louise Neal

    No where does this state the child is autistic, if it were my child I'd probably initially be pissed to, but if my 8 year old had that kind of behavior, he/she deserves punishment. I bet she won't do it again, unless the parents/guardian allow it to happen at home.

  184. Paul Ponte

    This little girl is not really a criminal. She's a criminal in training. Give her another 4-5 years and she will be terrorizing the neighborhood, having little babies, and eventually living in the State Prison system.

  185. Debora Brown

    this child has a guardian and no parents. Why wasn't the guardian called. This is an in house issue….called home issue. If the guardian was not available and the tantrum was not contained then either the principals office or school security, which would have been frightening enough. Police and handcuffs is extreme and only warranted if the child was acting extreme. Since their is autism involved this child needs love and help not extreme measures.

  186. Steven Duvall

    Right you are. But like a friend of mine did when he spanked his son and someone called child services, they sent someone out who didn't have kids. [why would someone be allowed in that job unless they had kids to understand] My friend told him to get out and to send someone who had kids. They did and she congratulated him for loving his son enough to spank him, not the abuse that was reported. The reportee got into hot water, tho.

  187. Neva Burgess Crawford

    Really a teacher and you don't know the difference between "our" and "are"? One of my kids teachers sent home a spelling list and spelled one of the words wrong, I went off on that. Seriously? They don't teach phonics anymore or anything but how to pass the gov't testing at the end of the year. That's why my sister retired after 30 years of teaching.

  188. Sharona Neuroth

    A teacher, but you use are instead of our? Really? I think parents should be able to discipline without having the fear that cops will be called. Nothing wrong with a spanking.

  189. Steven Duvall

    If she truly is autistic, then I agree, or at least in a classroom with a teacher trained in handling them. Nothing was mentioned about her being treated for it, before or after.

  190. John Hardie

    The School System need's to give the Teachers back the Ability to PUNISH unruly student's.I.E standing in the corner, detention and if that did not work the student got the last resort the MIGHTY PADDLE. I can't remember anyone who got the paddle who acted up after that. But Parents today say that's my child and you have no right's to lay a hand on him/her.But later in life that child brings a gun to school and shoots up the school , Because no one is going to do anything to them because mommy won't let anyone hert them. Parent's need to cut the CRAP and put the Rule back in School and let the Teachers do there Job's the Right Way.

  191. Anne Wright

    This is because we have lowered our scholastic standards and allowed our schools to become merely a place to drop our children off during the day and go and do the things we think we need or want to do while the "burdensome child" is being taken care of. Then we decided that teachers were becoming too much like parents, and we couldn't have that, so teachers can no longer spank or do much in the way of discipline with the little darlings. Add to that the total lack of personal responsibility in our society today, and you have a recipe for disaster!

  192. Steven Duvall

    It doesn't say anything about any other calls. I wonder if they tried and couldn't get hold of anyone else first. We may never know the whole story.

  193. Michael Cienfuegos

    If my kid acted up like that, they had better call me and let me deal with the situation, but they better not jail me for disciplining my kid. This country is so screwed up with "social engineers" who think they know what is best for our children.

  194. Neva Burgess Crawford

    Kellee Lynn Webb do your kids have "time out" and are you "their friend"? Just wondering because I LOVED all four of my kids enough to teach them manners, respect for others and their property and responsibility for their OWN actions. My daughter threw 2 tantrums when she was 5 because she watched a friend's kid do it and get what he wanted. She went in her room both times and realized it didn't work. You have to start them as toddlers, there's no reason they can't learn the word "NO" before they turn one.

  195. Bonii Jo

    She stinking tore up two classrooms and was not able to be handled by an adult? So? No one has asked the question how she asked to go to the bathroom. Did she scream, holler, kick, and cuss? Most likely if she was that wound up. Don't blame the police if they handle your child like a criminal if they are acting like one and endangering others…..Were she my child, she would have gotten her backside beat.

  196. Sharona Neuroth

    Parents will go to jail for abuse. I don't see anything wrong with spanking, but apparently the law does.

  197. Neva Burgess Crawford

    What does autistic have to do with anything? That's a WHOLE different story.

  198. Jami Sarmadi Macomber

    I pray you are not an English teacher. The girl is autistic. Maybe we should jail all special needs kids for MISBEHAVING? The nerve of them!!

  199. Neva Burgess Crawford

    Damn straight, I didn't get worse because I got spanked! I learned to think twice about doing stupid things and my behavior. Respect isn't "worse" Sue…

  200. Neva Burgess Crawford

    Ok I just read the story AGAIN….where does it say she's autistic? And if that were true, don't think she'd be in a classroom, unless it was under the "autistic" spectrum.

  201. Tanya Louise Neal

    That's right Bubba, we got it from out parents, and nanny and papaw.

  202. Kendra Berry

    If you spank them it's child abuse if you can't keep them in line you're doing something wrong as a parent allow the police to handle it and you're ridiculous the system is messed up but me I would have spanked her little but made her sir down

  203. Anonymous

    And when is it OK to destroy? This child had been getting away with these "tantrums" for awhile. I would have put the child outside and tell the parent where she was. If u can not control her then get someone who can or keep her locked up. I am so sick of this county building more prisons for the likes of these types of children, oh they need a time out and where does that get them? Now where….but it gives them time to think up their next move.

  204. Mike Reardanz

    The guardian, an uncle, was called before the police were called according to another article. It took him two hours to show up which is why the kid was in jail for two hours. The other article also stated that this behavior had happened several times previously and several teachers had to physical restrain the kid until the uncle showed up to take the kid home. They were left with little choice but to find another alternative, the police, when the guardian told them it would be hours before he could get there.

  205. Mike Reardanz

    I am totally confused with the attitudes of people concerning this situation. A few days ago I was reading an article about a 12 year old boy who died after he had been hit several times by some 11 and 12 year olds who had supposedly been bullying him. The comments for that article were that the kids should be executed. Here we have an 8 year old who has repeatedly thrown tatrums and "tore up two classrooms" and the comments are about how terrible it is that she was put into handcuffs. Is it such a leap to see that this girl could easily be those boys in a couple years?

  206. Wayne Hollander

    what's wrong with America is moron rednecks like "Barb" who think it's OK to do this to ANY 8-year-old under ANY circumstance

  207. Wayne Hollander

    Teacher Kathleen?? You're PATHETIC, you can't even spell. YOU DO NOT CALL THE POLICE ON EIGHT YEAR OLDS. The END.

  208. Anonymous

    Its because she is black. If she was white, the police would have told her, "Hey, you need to be a good girl, OK? Promise?"

  209. Anonymous

    Its because she is black. If she was white, the police would have told her, "Hey, you need to be a good girl, OK? Promise?"

  210. Fred Jones

    I don't know haven't we been doing the same thing yo N. Korea for years at some point you have to take a belt to someone on this case maybe a parent

  211. Fred Jones

    I don't know haven't we been doing the same thing yo N. Korea for years at some point you have to take a belt to someone on this case maybe a parent

  212. Erika K Moureau

    Probably a good wake-up call for a bratty kid!

  213. Erika K Moureau

    Probably a good wake-up call for a bratty kid!

  214. Jules MacLovin

    Jolene Schiaffino > I am glad we are moving out of Houma so that my children will not have to attend a school where you teach. You should be ashamed of your comments. Handcuffing an 8 year old is not acceptable even if she did not have autism….which she DOES…look it up.

  215. Jules MacLovin

    Jolene Schiaffino > I am glad we are moving out of Houma so that my children will not have to attend a school where you teach. You should be ashamed of your comments. Handcuffing an 8 year old is not acceptable even if she did not have autism….which she DOES…look it up.

  216. Sharon Hunter

    How can the parents think such unchecked behavior will help that child grow into a productive citizen? Instead now she knows what it's like to be picked up by the police probably starting a life long trend –

  217. Brandi McClure

    seriously? people are shocked about this. Seriously? The behavioral state of children today is appalling. If any one went into a building any building and tore up 2 rooms you bet your sweet ass they'd be going to jail. Kid or not. Why doesn't it surprise me that the parents story doesn't mesh with police's? Why? Because your child is one of THOSE. One of those kids who throws food in restaurants, causes scenes in public, runs out in front of traffic. The only ones to blame are the parents, but of course they don't want to be seen as bad parents so they blame the police for misconduct. Bullshit. Let the brat sit, maybe teach her something she obviously not getting at home.

  218. Darnetha Jackson Eiland

    Wow inquisitor can't believe how u reported half of the story… You neglected to mention that this 8 yr old child is austictic , and her being handcuff is nothing short of chil abuse

  219. Lori Reynolds

    I think there are points being missed here. First, her guardian should have been called as soon as she started to act out, and notified that police would be called if necessary. If it was a guardian and not her parent, then CSB can also be involved if necessary. There is such a thing as home schooling for unruly children who disrupt class. Secondly, police should know better. She should have had her coat, at least taken with her, if not on her. Handcuffing? Really? That should give them a good reputation with the public and fellow officers. If she was in a holding cell, the handcuffs should have been removed. And as for the bathroom, how do you deny a child the right to use the restroom? I would see that the child was reprimanded and make proper arrangements to avoid further outbursts, or home school. There are also alternative schools for children who cannot adjust to normal classrooms. Autistic or not, the behavior of the adults in this situation was improper.

  220. Katrina Linse

    Maybe if parents would still spank their kids she wouldn't act this way and it wouldnt need to go this far but I dont buy the bull about her not being able to use the restroom and all that crap I'm sure thats the gaurdian amd the girls way of turning it around on the cops to look bad good for them to do something maybe now the girl won't act like a little f***in brat when she doesn't gether way

  221. Katrina Linse

    So if shes use to throwing tantrums I'm sure if the guardian was called she/he would have taken care of doubt that

  222. Kimberly DeBusk

    Poor little girl. She may be marked for life. I will not make a comment. Who knows how this materialized into her thinking this was her only alternative.

  223. Rita Doyle

    alright I see that the child was out of control for whatever reason, however I have dealt through out my years with difficult sometimes violent children. I really think the problem is that the teachers were not trained in proper compassionate restraint measures. There is also the fear of hugging or holding someones child which has been deemed a good method for diffusing anger.The police obviously have no experience or specialized training to deal with an out of control child so they resorted to the only way they know to deal with combative people. This is another sad case of not having the resources to help the child, the educators or the system with children that are so in need of assistance not punishment.

  224. William Scott Eltzroth

    Sounds like a catch 22 for the school and police force. Let her carryon and tear up at school, then the parents scream that`s how she got marks all over her body. Take her in handcuffs to get her away from the school, then that`s why she has marks all over her. Maybe the parents should find somewhere else to send her, who can deal with problem children one on one. They did what they had to do, now that it`s over, her parents must insure that it doesn't ever happen again.

  225. William Scott Eltzroth

    Sounds like a catch 22 for the school and police force. Let her carryon and tear up at school, then the parents scream that`s how she got marks all over her body. Take her in handcuffs to get her away from the school, then that`s why she has marks all over her. Maybe the parents should find somewhere else to send her, who can deal with problem children one on one. They did what they had to do, now that it`s over, her parents must insure that it doesn't ever happen again.

  226. Deanna Morrow

    What ever happened to time out really? These kids now a days dont know how to act and need serious discipline the world today is so craxy and it is because these kids are so spoiled and the kids are told we cant spank them it is abuse. That is BS the kids are bad now cause of lack of spanking from parents.

  227. Debi Cooke

    Hopefully this will detour this girl from a future of a repeat of this kind of action. If we can stop this kind of behaviour at this age then she can grow into a productive adult and not some girl with a chip on her shoulder and an agenda. I know it is extreme but..hey whatever it takes will be worth it all in the end. And those with a brain will agree.

  228. Chris Rose

    Maybe she'll learn to act like a normal 8 year old from now on. If she were mine, she'd get a lot worse when she got home.

  229. Michele Perry

    I agree that handcuffs were actually a good idea. An out of control child, who is tearing apart classrooms, can also hurt other innocent children. I do think there needs to be a time out place, instead of taking her to jail, though. As far as giving her her coat and not allowing her to use the restroom, maybe that wasn't such a good idea, BUT, you'd have to take off the handcuffs for both things, so I'm thinking that was why she was denied both.If teachers are NOT allowed to restrain a child, then I have to agree with what was done here.

  230. Chris Rose

    That's the problem today. Parents do not dicipline their children. They let them do whatever they want. When I was a kid and did wrong, I got a smack. I learned respect for others and especially my parents. I was too afraid to go out and get into trouble and that was a good thing. I grew up to be a hard working, law abiding tax paying citizen.

  231. Anonymous

    I'd be willing to bet that if the girl really had to use the bathroom that bad, she would have gone ahead and wet her pants–considering her previous behavior. Kids do pull that excuse, you know. Give kids credit for knowing how to try to make adults feel guilty. Autistic or not.

  232. Wanda Pacheco

    GOOD Job to The Staff of that school, next time she will think twice before having a ridiculous Tantrum, schools are not daycares and the teachers are not there to raise your kids so do your job so situations like this don't happen and you the (PARENTS or GUARDIANS) wont have to point the finger at someone else for your irresponsibility of raising your KID.

  233. Katie Stefaniak

    No where in the article does it say that she is autistic. That said, she tore up two classrooms and disrupted those classes. The teachers could not bring her under control, which prompted the school to call the police. My child deserves a right to his education not to have to witness and deal with an out of control child. Destruction of property IS against the law. If my son acted like that I would hope a day in juvenile detention would make an impact on him. And sway him from acting that way in the future. Tough love is sometimes warranted.

  234. Leslie Williams

    http://www.ksdk.com/rss/article/367304/3/Special-needs-student-handcuffed-at-Alton-school ive watched this video and this child does not appear to be autistic…. I'm not an expert but I would be wanting to see proof medically that she is autistic… if she is autistic she is high functioning she looks directly at the interviewer and answers their questions… personally I think she was having a normal eight yr temper tantrum and should have been sent home and if it took 2 hrs for her guardian to get there that is unacceptable and she should have been locked in a room with nothing in it till he got there.. then expelled for extreme bad behavior…

  235. Andrea Michelle Hartsock

    this child is under that care of a guardian here, that should be one red flag already to say that this child has not had a very good childhood, or she'd probably be with a parent instead. that being said, it's safe to assume she will have some behavioral issues, which should he handled with patience and kid gloves. it seems that the child's educators were unable to handle this type of special needs child, and it makes me wonder if they even have the proper credentials to be teaching children of this nature. hmmm… that being said, I feel the way this situation was handled was very poorly. this child did NOT need to be handcuffed! instead, the school should have contacted the guardian first, and try to confine the girl until her guardian arrived there to diffuse the situation. and let the guardian decide whether to call the police or not.

    i have a daughter who threw her share of tantrums when she was this age, and being that I was unable to handle her myself that day, I called the police. they came and simply talked to her, then looked at me as if I were insane. all she really needed was a good swat on the butt, but you can't discipline kids that way now days. you can face criminal charges, and that is why I called the police for help. I felt helpless and didn't know what to do. parents should be allowed to discipline their children, to teach them right and wrong, and prevent them from becoming social deviants. society has made it "bad" to swat your child, and that's why there are so many people who don't seem to know the difference between right and wrong. the Bible says: "spare the rod, spoil the child" and that's just what's happening… shameful.

  236. RoxAnn Antoine Nester

    I tell you what! I got my ass beat and I turned out great! I spanked my kids when they needed it whether the law said you couldn't and they turned out to be pretty damn good Adults and Parents and I have also spanked my grandkids in public when needed! That's the problem with these parents nowadays! Oh just give them time out! Ya right! Spank them when they need it! We got the board in school back in the day if we did what some of these kids do! Put Prayer and punishment back in school and see what happens!

  237. Leslie Williams

    here is a video posted by another responder ..im not an expert… personally she does not act autistic although they say she is .. but she does look directly at the interviewer on two occasions and answers the questions.. like i said before im not an expert but i do not think these are characteristics of autism i think it is just learned bad behavior from relatives who have entitlement issues … and other issues because the parents are either non existent or been removed by law from the picture.. so abuse issues could be involved … i see someone who will probably be in jail in ten yrs sad http://www.ksdk.com/rss/article/367304/3/Special-needs-student-handcuffed-at-Alton-school

  238. Anonymous

    This is really just another example of how rotten our police and education systems have gotten.

  239. Carrie Sue Faccone

    People obviously don't know how to deal with an Autistic child. Obviously she has some serious problems, as she doesn't have parents but a guardian. Some Autistic children have very low stress thresholds and have melt downs. The school should have been prepared for this if they are taking children with emotional problems. I wonder what lead up to the tantrum? I am not saying that special children should be able to run amuck, but some one there should have been able to put the child in a quiet area and kept her safe instead of calling the police.

  240. Karen Herzog Bryce

    We don't know all the circumstances here. The article mentions her 'guardian' several times. That tells me that her parents are out of the picture (for whatever reason). Perhaps she was removed from their home for abuse, or her parents are in jail…..we don't know. Some people say her guardian is her uncle….others say she might have been in foster care. Again, we don't know the whole story. Although this article didn't say so, apparently other articles mention that the guardian was called, and could not get there for 2 hours. So what were they supposed to do with her in the mean time? Let her continue her rampage?

    And……What exactly did she DO? Was she throwing papers & books around? Or was she destroying chairs & desks and breaking windows? Normal, well-adjusted kids don't act like this…..so why was this girl tearing up the classrooms like that? There are many reasons why kids act out, but one thing seems clear….there is something very wrong here. Either something is wrong with the girl….or something is wrong with her home life. She may be experiencing physical or sexual abuse at home. She may be angry because of the abuse at home. Some people have stated that she is autistic. I didn't see that is this article, but apparently other articles said that. OK. So if she's autistic, why isn't she in a special school with teaching staff that is specially trained to deal with issues that arise with autistic children? And why doesn't the school have a safe time-out room for kids like her?

    There is a lot of missing information, and a lot of unanswered questions here. It's hard to say what the right approach should be, when we don't have all the facts.

  241. Megan Labadie

    Am I the only reader here who read this child is autistic? Some of these replies clearly indicate a mass ignorance regarding this disorder. Why wasn't the guardian called in the first place? This was a mess that got totally out of hand and shouldn't have.

  242. Lyn Short

    Ever since the government got involved in discipling a child the children now know that if mommy, daddy or anyone lays a hand on me I am sending them to jail. I say that tough love needs to be shown. Ok so this little girl was handcuffed, big deal. She cried, big deal. Are we supposed to make everyone comfortable while they are paying for their wrong ways? Did anyone ask if the girl learned anything? Well, do it again if she misbehaves again. She won't listen to her parents so let her be put where she will end up later in life. I wouldn't be a teacher for all the money they wanted to pay me. Children come to school with the attitude that the teacher can't do anything to me so I can do what I want to do and no one can stop me. Wonder what would happen if the teacher had the ability to put a gun to their head and pull the trigger, not that they would really do it. Kids are totally out of control these days and it starts at a very young age. Baby boomers had to pick their own weapon when it came to that discipline time and I don't recommend the smallest one in the yard.

  243. Kati Johnston

    wow. I didn't know my comments would show here! haha oops

  244. Paul Rude

    HEY, I know how we can fix this whole thing! Bud the hell out, mind you own business and leave this to the cops, the school and the parents to handle! WOW WHAT A CONCEPT! this kind of crap getting national media coverage is exactly what's wrong with this country. Do you know what happened exactly from an article posted? NO. You assume everything. So who's the ass. Stop getting involved where you're not wanted, if you have bratty kids, deal with it, if your kids deserved their spankings, good for them. If they never got spankings and act like holy terrors, better pray they don't cross my path. Problem solved.

  245. Monica Logan

    See your school was aware and care. This school didn't even know nor the parents didn't even tell them. If they knew they might did it the way your school did and it should not been escalated. But I am going with something is not right in her household.

  246. Monica Logan

    Shut up. Like really with a child you should look at the parents and the household. Not saying poor thing but don't be so judgmental as well. What if it come to light that child was abuse I bet your response would be different

  247. Monica Logan

    Do you have children??? Or worked with children???? and if so prefect children could be undercover criminals. Who knows??? It's a shame people like you can quick to judge a child and don't say you are not because you are.

  248. Laurie Caminas Gilchrist

    I think most of you have NO experience with a child who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sometimes there is just no reasoning with them. Their behavior comes from the fact that they have not learned how to properly express their feelings. That takes a lot of
    time to teach. Locking a child with a disability in a cell can be very frightening and cause many more problems. She should be placed with educators trained to handle her outburst and show her the appropriate way to deal.

    wsy to deal

  249. Sonya Reltsoh

    Check out this article..you won't believe some of the ignorant bullshit comments. Passing judgement when you don't know what is happening (or not) in this child's household. Some are even throwing race into the mix. That having been said, had she not been African-American, the matter would have been handled MUCH differently. Get upset if you want to, but the shoe would be very uncomfortable worn on the other foot. Sure it happens to other types of people, but come on, we live in a racist society, no matter how people try to sugar coat it. If you agree that this fair treatment for a child, then you are a sick fuck. There are other alternatives.

  250. Carol Medeiros

    Uh-oh, unless the parent/guardian revealed that she is autistic, someone let her medical condition out of the bag….

  251. Bakerofdafuture Xavier

    I just think that the parents/guardian should have been called instead of the police! The eight year old didn't do nothing criminal like set something on fire or throw bricks at a storefront….all she had was a fit and became upset about something! Geesh….where are these people moral standards? That was a little extreme……

  252. Carol Medeiros

    I'll bet this isn't the first time that she's acted out like this. Since there is little that schools can do because of the fear of lawsuits, student behavior continues to decline until it gets to a point that police must be called. A little dose of corporal punishment responsibly executed on her buttocks when this behavior first occurred may have halted this acting out behavior in its tracks. But no, schools' hands are tied. Students have no fear these days because they know that schools have no power.

  253. Darnetha Jackson Eiland

    girl this was awful, that child is 8 yrs old and was handcuffed and her ankles were as well, and left her that way for 2 hrs, I read it on yahoo news, the inquisitor left out a lot of info

  254. Debra Waters

    These animals should be ashamed of themselves. Yes I said animals. Humans would have known how to defuse the situation without further tramatizing this child. Tuesday? The day of the snow storm? Took her out without her coat? She was cuffed someone could have put her coat around her shoulders. Gotten a blanket from the nurses office perhaps. Allowing her to soil herself by not allowing her to use the washroom when requested. This amounts to cruel and inhuman punishment. Murderers and rapist are treated better. Last but not least who or what set her off? Children in foster care come with a whole host of problems. People who are supposed to be qualified to work with children would have know what to do. What they did was WRONG.

  255. Kandyse Patterson

    I didn't see anything in the article that said this child was autistic. If she is challenged in anyway beyond what the school can handle, she needs to be in classroom more suited to her needs. Since I feel that her being autistic is HIGHLY unlikely b/c a disabled child being thrown in jail would have been the first thing the a reporter said…if true. If a child throws a tantrum so wild that a school has to resort to calling the police… if anything, the staff that had to tolerate that nonsense is owed an apology! For all the people complaining about the way she was treated…I'd be interested in hearing some alternative ideas for gaining control of a child wild enough to tear apart two classrooms or potentially cause injury to another child. If she poked your kid's eye out or gave them a concussion while throwing things across the classroom, maybe you'd feel a little differently about someone gaining control of her hands. Maybe they should have pulled a taser on her? (This is sarcasm for all the "Heaven forbid somebody discipline a child" people reading this…I am not encouraging the tasing of a child…) I saw something about calling the guardian…but assuming the guardian does something crazy like WORKS and couldn't be there in 5 mins…how long do we have to wait before someone can step in? And what lesson does the child learn by simply getting to go home after a lovely afternoon of wild tantrums? She wasn't injured and for anybody that thinks her behavior was ok… perhaps they should be the ones babysitting her all day. When is enough…enough of the safety of the other people a concern. I was substitute teacher at a school where a young student go SO UPSET over the teacher asking her to put down her pencil and pay attention to the lesson that she ran up to the teacher…assaulted her and ripped a chunk of hair out of scalp that left a hole the size of a grapefruit in her head as well as a little bleeding. This girl was known for tantrums and getting upset when she didn't like things and the teachers just let her have it…tried to diffuse…sent her to guidance…sent her to the office… when none of those lovely tactics worked and she finally hurt somebody. And this is the reality of allowing our children to be OUT OF CONTROL, somebody could get hurt. The child asked to go to the bathroom…if that's even true…you don't know the context of it. My little brother asks to go to the bathroom 27 times when he's in timeout…and my parents have yet to be arrested for child abuse for telling him to give it a break. He has also yet to suffer any irreparable harm as a result of ALL bathroom requests not being honored. I was waiting to see the part where she wet herself or something cruel actually happened…and I never saw it. And if your child acts like that, you should home school them. Nobody should have to put up with that out of control nonsense except for the parent encourages it and thinks its ok. Teachers do not deserve this, and we wonder why good ones are so hard to find. When kids acting like that became the norm, and we tie our educator's hands as far as what they can do about it…I'D GO FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO ALSO! Despite the new and disrespectful attitude society seems to have taken on, the teacher's job is to teach…and they do not have to take that crap!

  256. Kandyse Patterson

    I know it! Somebody needs to be apologizing to you! Not making excuses for what you go through!

  257. Kara Dailey

    Can someone tell my why this PIMP is raising 3 little girls? This eight year old is either a trouble maker or something is seriously wrong in the house hold I hope to god cys was called. and he even said its happened more then once where she had to be restrained.(when did it says she was autisitc?) And they did call him (he claims he was on his way) but 2hrs later he showed up trust me if my kid was hancuffed in jail at 8 id be there in 5 seconds! but like some have said if my kid going to act like a fool they going to see what jail is like..for acting like that.

  258. Anonymous

    These comments are ridiculous…"spank her"…"she's spoiled"…did nobody else except me read the part where they said the child was AUTISTIC? I'm a preschool teacher and I can tell you that the majority of your "suggestions" are ridiculous and developmentally damaging…

  259. Kathleen Roszak

    I am from the town where this story originated, and the facts are not all here. They are omitting facts to give this story the sympathetic spin that they wanted. This child was throwing such a tantrum that she could NOT BE CONTROLLED. And for her own safety and the safety of the other students, she was handcuffed. I'm sure she had welts on her wrists from continuing to throw a fit after the handcuffs were put on. If you are a parent, you should be thanking them that she was subdued before she hurt a child who was an innocent bystander. While it is unfortunate that those lengths had to be taken to stop the child, it was her own decisions that got her there. Yes, she is young, but she is plenty old enough to know that destroying a classroom will have consequences.

  260. Erin Aisha

    Wow you out of all people should be outraged that the same school system that failed her failed YOU as well! and P.S. the girl was autistic so she didnt know better so I guess they omitted those facts in the article you read aswell. Ha! The irony…

  261. Jolene Schiaffino

    PLEASE copy and paste where in the article is said she is Autistic?

  262. William Piedra

    This is an OUTRAGE. Why was she release after only two hours! We need to teach them better than that. 30 days at least.

  263. Kathleen Roszak

    No, because I know the type of people this school district has to deal with and that it is full of parents who are eager to blame someone else for the actions of their children. Autistic or not (and from the information of people I have talked to WITHIN the school district, she had a behavior disorder, not autism) for the safety of everyone involved she needed to be controlled and the only way to do that was to restrain her. You can't let a child continue to act wildly just because of a disorder.