A 6-year-old girl in Florida was arrested after she threw a tantrum in her Florida classroom.
The little girl’s grandmother was shocked to learn that her granddaughter had been arrested.
The grandmother said in an interview about the incident, “What do you mean she was arrested, he said ‘there was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way.’”
“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,”
“They told us we had to wait a few minutes because Kaia was being fingerprinted, and when she said fingerprinted it hit me like a ton of bricks. No six-year-old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot.”
The other child whom she kicked was 8-years-old and was arrested as well. So I imagine it was more than just a kick. It was a fight.
Kaia is not the only Florida child whose arrest caused national outrage. In 2017, a 10-year-old boy with autism was arrested after an outburst in class. CNN reported at the time that John Haygood, a student at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, was throwing paper balls at students. His paraprofessional told him to take a time out, but he refused, and kicked and punched the paraprofessional instead. In a previous incident, Haygood allegedly threatened to kill the paraprofessional.
Haygood was expelled from the Academy but returned months later to take a test. He was arrested after refusing to take the test and “not being compliant.” The arresting officer told Haygood’s mother that the 10-year-old had an active warrant because the paraprofessional had filed charges. He was arrested.
I do have one more inclination to add about this incident that isn’t mentioned elsewhere…
Where is the girl’s parents in all of this? My guess is that they’re not around and she’s being raised by her grandmother.
This is likely the result of another fatherless or worse completely parentless home.