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6-year-old arrested at school for temper tantrum speaks out

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Salecia Johnson, 6, says she can't sleep because of what happened at her school last week in Milledgeville, Georgia.

"They hurt me. They jerked my hands real fast," said Johnson.

Police said the kindergartner was arrested and taken to police headquarters after she became a threat to herself and others at Creekside Elementary School by crying, breaking glass and kicking over a shelf that hurt the school's principal.

"Every time she sees a police officer she thinks they are coming to get her," said Earnest Johnson, Salecia's father.

At a news conference on Friday in Atlanta, Salecia's family and supporters spoke out about what they call an injustice.

"We are not condoning bad behavior, but it baffles me how a child can get put in handcuffs and sent to an adult jail where she was detained for about an hour," said Marcus Coleman, with the National Action Network.

But police said Johnson was never placed behind bars and they say the officer followed proper procedures.

Still, Johnson's family and supporters said police and school policies need to be changed.

"Yes, she was in the squad room with other officers and it appeared that once common sense settled in, they tried to rectify their wrongs by dropping the charges," said Coleman.  "We just want to make sure the initial confrontation doesn't happen to another child."

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