Justice in the handcuffing and arrest of 6-year-old Salecia Johnson
  • Petitioned Milledgeville Mayor, City Council, School Board, GA Dept. of Education

This petition was delivered to:

Milledgeville Mayor, City Council, School Board, GA Dept. of Education
Baldwin County School Board
Gloria Wicker
Baldwin County School Board
Harold Simmons
Baldwin County School Board
Mike Couch
Baldwin County School Board
John Jackson
Wes Cummings
Baldwin County School Superintendent
Geneva Braziel
Principal, Creekside Elementary School
Dianne Becker

Justice in the handcuffing and arrest of 6-year-old Salecia Johnson

    1. Petition by

      Constance Ruff with Advancement Project

On April 13th, our six-year-old daughter, Salecia Johnson was handcuffed and arrested at her school, Creekside Elementary in Baldwin, GA for a so-called 'temper tantrum'. She was charged with battery and suspended for the remainder of the school year.

The school took all of these actions without notifying us. Although they claim to have called, we did not have any record of these calls on any of our phones. As a result our daughter was in police custody for more than an hour before we knew.

Salecia has been traumatized by this experience. She's afraid to return to school and recently woke up in the middle of the night saying 'they are coming to get me.'

In all of this, the most important thing is that this incident does not become anymore of a setback for Salecia and her future. Although we are now being told that Salecia can return to school after a week and there are reports that the charges have been dropped (the police have not notified us), a record of her arrest exists. Also, we believe there should be a more in-depth examination of what happened and why police were brought in to deal with a matter of school discipline.

We are calling on Milledgeville officials to remove any record of Salecia's arrest and end the use of police in school discipline.

Please join us in demanding justice for Salecia. We cannot allow this to happen to another child.

Thank you,

Constance Ruff

 

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    • Deanna Speed METAIRE, LA
      • over 1 year ago

      This touches me deeply because my son to was a victime of such a crime as this. He wa 5 years old handcuffed and put in the back of the poilce car. I don't think matters to this degree is acceptable.

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    • tamekah mutalib EAST ORANGE, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      ALL PERSONS THAT WAS INVOLVED NEEDS TO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY SENCE WHEN SCHOOLS NEED TO CALL POLICE TO HANDLE A 6 YR OLD FOR ACTING OUT THATS JUST SOOO WRONG I DONT SEE ANYTHING ABOUT WHY SHE ACTUP WAS IT THE TEACHER THAT DID SOMETHING OR WAS SHE BEING BULLIED ON NEED MORE DETAIL

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    • Audrey Green SAN BERNARDINO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I feel the action that was used was not positive. This can cause the child to view law enforcement in a negative way because if this incident is gojng to create an arrest record for the six year old, it seems as if this was did to ruin the child's image and this can cause many problems for the young child. The way this young child was treated, this can cause other children and even adults to pick on and ridicule the child. I feel that the parent(s) should had been notified immediately if the child could not be controlled. I do not know any loving parent that would want their six year old child in handcuffs and their reputation to be tarnish.

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    • Neisha Couto EVANSVILLE, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      Nobody Let Alone A Young Child Should Have To Deal With This

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    • Martha Walker Hutson SALISBURY, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      What kind of moron would arrest a six year old? I say fire those who did.

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