A 6-year-old girl was handcuffed, fingerprinted, and even had a mug shot taken, after she threw an in-school tantrum in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, Sept. 19, according to ClickOrlando.
Meralyn Kirkland said she was shocked when she got a call from her granddaughter’s elementary school resource officer saying her 6-year-old granddaughter, Kaia Rolle, had been arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center for throwing a tantrum.
Kaia threw an in-school tantrum, so she was sent to the office. There, a staff member grabbed her wrists in order to calm her down and that’s when she lashed out and kicked, according to Kirkland.
“What do you mean she was arrested,” she said. ‘There was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way,’” Kirkland said.
Although she explained Kaia’s behavior was a side effect of a lack of sleep from a medical condition, but Officer Dennis Turner didn’t understand.
“She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved, ‘and he says, ‘What medical condition?’ She has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don’t behave like that,'” Kirkland said.
Now, Kaia is happy to be home.
Kaia was one of two children Turner arrested that day, Orlando Police Department officials said.
An internal investigation into the arrests is ongoing.
According to department policy, officers are required to seek approval from their watch commander before arresting anyone under 12, but Turner didn’t do that, according to Sgt. David Baker.