Salecia Johnson's Parents Want Answers

The mom and dad of the 6-year-old who was handcuffed at her Georgia school talk to The Root.

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Both parents would like to see a law established that prohibits children as young as Salecia from being arrested. "You would just haul any child off to jail? They were going to ruin a 6-year-old's life," Ruff said.

The school board reversed its decision to have Salecia suspended for the remainder of the school year, but Ruff said that she doesn't want Salecia to return to Creekside Elementary and is exploring other school options for her. Ruff, who has a 9-year-old daughter who also attends the school, declined to comment on whether legal action would be taken against the school system or the police department. 

Johnson said that the incident has traumatized Salecia, leaving her with nightmares. "Every time she sees a police officer," he said, "she thinks they're coming to get her."

Aisha I. Jefferson is a contributor to The Root.

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