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Milledgeville kindergartner handcuffed, charged after tantrum

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MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (AP) -

A central Georgia police chief says age is not a factor in the department's policy on restraining people after a kindergartner was handcuffed after a tantrum.

Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord tells WMAZ-TV the department's policy is to handcuff people in certain situations, and "there is no age discrimination on that rule."

Police say the kindergartner is accused of tearing items off walls and throwing furniture at Creekside Elementary. The police report says the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.

The report says when the officer tried to calm the child, she resisted and was handcuffed. The girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property on Friday.

The mother of the child says her daughter was suspended and cannot return to school until August.

New York City police have made headlines over the years for handcuffing children at school.

In 2008, a 5-year-old boy was handcuffed and hauled off to a psych ward for misbehaving in his kindergarten class and knocking items off the principal's desk.

The child suffered from speech problems, asthma and Attention Deficit Disorder.

In 2010, a 12-year-old girl from Queens was handcuffed after scribbling a few words in lime green magic marker on her desk.

And last year, a 7-year-old at a Queens school was handcuffed after he got upset while decorating an Easter egg.

The child suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, delayed speech and emotional problems.

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