8-Year-Old Autistic Girl Handcuffed For Tantrum, Ignored In Jail For Two Hours
A story out of Illinois this week regarding an 8-year-old handcuffed over a temper tantrum at school has many people outraged. The young girl, Jymha Rickman, was at school Tuesday and when she threw a tantrum, officials called the police. The officers decided to handcuff her and throw her in the back of a cruiser, and it seems it even got worse from there. The Inquisitr shared the details on March 6.
Rickman's guardian shares that after the 8-year-old was handcuffed and put into the back of a police cruiser, she was then taken to jail. She asked for her coat, and officers allegedly ignored her. She apparently also asked to use a bathroom, and her guardian says those requests were ignored as well. Apparently her eyes were swollen from crying, her wrists had welts on them, and they even cuffed her feet.
It seems the police defend their actions. They say that Jymha destroyed two classrooms and school officials couldn't get her to stop. Officials say that yes, the 8-year-old was handcuffed, but she was supervised throughout the time she was in a juvenile detention room. The school district has not commented on the situation. The girl is said to have a history of throwing tantrums at school, and an officer says he believes appropriate actions were taken. What's your take on an 8-year-old being handcuffed and taken to jail over a school tantrum?
Officers in the Alton, Illinois Police Department are defending their decision to restrain Jmiyha Rickman, who is autistic, after she tried to hit a school resource officer and tore up two classrooms, KSDK reported.
Rickman's guardian and uncle, Nehemiah Keeton said he received a call from Love Joy Elementary School to pick her up, something that he said had happened several times before. Keeton then got a call from police informing him Rickman was in custody.
Keeton said Rickman suffers from separation anxiety and depression.
"I trusted the school to give her the adequate treatment and care she deserves and they failed us," Keeton said.
Police said they treated Rickman, who said her hands and feet were handcuffed and a belt tied around her waist, with the utmost caution.
"I will tell you in this particular case it was necessary to protect that child by restraining that child," said Captain Scott Waldrup of the Alton Police.
“As a last resort we sometime have to involve law enforcement,” Alton Schools Assistant Superintendent Kristi Baumgartner told KMOV. "They take the student into protective custody when the parent refuses to pick up the child.”
But Keeton said he was already on the way to pick up Rickman when school officials got police involved.
"I feel like if you can’t handle an 8-year-old without calling the police,” Keeton said. "To put fear in them like my child, you don’t need to work with kids."
Keeton has pulled Rickman out of Love Joy, telling KSDK he would homeschool her until he decides where to send her to school.