INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Police in a small Indiana town hauled a six-year-old from his elementary school and charged him with battery and intimidation after he kicked and threatened a principal, police said on Wednesday.
The incident followed one earlier in April where police handcuffed a 6-year-old girl who was screaming and crying and had injured a principal and damaged property at an elementary school in Milledgeville, Georgia. She was not charged.
The Indiana student, who had been suspended from school recently for biting and hitting a staff member, was arrested April 18 at Hendricks Elementary School in Shelbyville, which is about 30 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
“This was not an isolated incident,” Shelbyville Police Lieutenant Michael Turner said.
School officials called police, reporting that the student, who was not identified, had kicked Principal Patrick Lumbley and told him and Assistant Principal Jessica Poe that he was going to kill them, a Shelbyville police report said.
The student was yelling and screaming and lying on the floor of Poe’s office when police arrived, the report said.
Poe led the student to a police car where an officer placed him in the back seat, buckled him in and drove him to the police department, the report said. He was not handcuffed.
Turner said he hoped the filing of juvenile charges would help get the child needed help.
“Putting him into the system can open up avenues perhaps the parents don’t have,” Turner said.
Reporting by Susan Guyett; Editing by David Bailey and Leslie Gevirtz