MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Baldwin County School System is remaining tight-lipped in their response to the handcuffing of a six year old kindergarten student at Creekside Elementary.
Superintendent Geneva Braziel was not available for comment today, but she did release a statement in response to the incident that happened at Creekside Elementary on Friday, April 13th.
She says, "Our School District has received numerous requests for comment regarding the incident involving a kindergarten student who was handcuffed by the Milledgeville Police Department. We are bound by student confidentiality laws which prevent us from commenting further than the brief statement below:
As has been reported, on Friday, a student engaged in violent and disruptive behavior that resulted in police involvement. The student's behavior included pushing several other students; running away from the school staff; slamming chairs around the school office; climbing up and knocking over a bookcase; knocking pictures off the wall; scribbling over the walls and door; and injuring a school employee.
During the course of these events, the school attempted to contact several members of the student's family. The Milledgeville Police Department was ultimately called to assist due to safety concerns for the student, other classmates, and the school staff. Once the officer arrived on the scene, the police department took over jurisdiction of the situation. Any questions regarding the decision to handcuff or transport the student to the police department should be directed to the Milledgeville Police Department."
41NBC reached out to members of the Baldwin County School Board today. Board member, Mike Couch, says he first heard about the incident on Monday afternoon.
"Initial reaction was I didn't know. I just want to know the facts, and still I haven't had a chance to sit down face to face with Ms. Braziel. All I had was a thumbnail sketch of this is what happened at Creekside on Friday," says Couch.