So this story is coming out of Orlando Florida, a local woman is speaking out after her six-year-old granddaughter was handcuffed and arrested as a result of an in-school tantrum. The grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland said she was shocked Thursday when she got a call saying that a school resource officer at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy, an Orlando charter school had arrested her six year old granddaughter Kaia Rolle because she threw a tantrum.
Kirkland said her granddaughter was acting out in class, a side effect of a lack of sleep from a medical condition, so she was sent to the office. Well her granddaughter was in the office a staff member grabbed her by the wrist in order to calm her down and that’s when she lashed out and kicked the staff member according to her grandmother.
The grandmother states that Officer Dennis Turner didn’t understand when she tried to explain her granddaughters Behavior. She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved, and he stated what medical condition, she has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea and Dennis Turner the school resource officer went on to say, well I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that. The six-year-old was taken to the juvenile Assessment Center on a battery charge. The grandmother wants to know how do you do that to a six-year-old child and because she kicked somebody. Speaking about the arrest Friday, Kirkland struggled to hold back tears. “A literal mugshot of a six-year-old girl, my granddaughter” she stated in disbelief. The six-year-old tried to stay strong for her grandmother as she recalled the incident.
The six-year-old stated “I feel sad for my grand mom because she was sad and I really missed her.” Orlando Police Department official said the little girl was one of two children who Dennis Turner arrested that day, the other kid was eight years old.
Per Department policy, officers are required to seek approval from The Watch Commander before arresting anyone under the age of 12, but according to Sergeant David Baker Turner did not do that. An internal investigation into the arrest is ongoing. While Kirkland now has to deal with the repercussions of the arrests, including an upcoming court date, she hopes no child has to experience what her granddaughter went through. The grandmother is quoted as saying “NO 6 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 and given a mugshot.”