MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Milledgeville Interim Police Chief Dray Swicord is supporting an officer's decision to handcuff a six year old child who reportedly acted out at school.
According to this the incident report, early Friday morning a six year old Creekside Elementary student was tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture in her principal's office.
Principal Diane Popp, told police that the student was sent to her office for pushing two other students,
and throwing items off the teacher's desk. When police arrived on the scene they tried to calm the student, but she resisted and fought back. That's when she was cuffed.
The officer also noted in the report that he attempted to contact the mother six times before he had to restrain the child. The student was taken to the Milledgeville Police Department, that's when the officer made contact with the child's aunt who picked her up from the station.
"The student will not be charged with any crime because of her age, but will be monitored by a social agency for any other assistance. In conclusion, the student was never placed in a holding or jail cell, and the student's safety was of the utmost importance," says Swicord.
The family could not be reached for comment today. A spokesperson for the family, Reverend David Luke says some of the details in the report may not be an accurate portrayal of what happened that day.
"This is a very delicate matter and also very sensitive matter to the family... I don't think all the facts were fully investigated," says Luke.
Luke plans to hold a news conference tomorrow at noon to further discuss the family's position on the incident. Watch 41NBC tomorrow night at 6 for the latest on this story.