A six-year-old was allegedly arrested at her school and taken to a juvenile detention centre in handcuffs where she had her fingerprints taken and a mugshot taken.
Year 1 student Kaia Rolle was apparently charged after she “kicked somebody” at Emma Dixon Elementary charter school in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday (local time), US news outlet WFLA reported.
Her grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, was in disbelief when she heard the news and said she tried explaining to officers Kaia was dealing with a disorder.
Ms Kirkland said she told police her granddaughter “has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved”.
She claimed the responding officer was dismissive when she revealed her condition was sleep apnoea.
“Well I have sleep apnoea and I don’t behave like that,” the officer responded, according to the grandmother.
Ms Kirkland said she was in shock when she found out the ordeal Kaia was forced to endure.
“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 tonne of bricks,” she said.
“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 centre to be fingerprinted (and to have a) mug shot (taken).”
Kaia has since returned home. The status of her charges are unknown.
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