Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum, and the police chief is making no apologies.

WMAZ-TV reports the 6-year-old is accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture at school in the central Georgia city of Milledgeville. The police report says the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.

The elementary school called police after the Friday tantrum. The report says when an officer tried to calm the child, she resisted and was handcuffed. The girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property.

 

Her mother blames her behavior on mood swings. “I guess that was just one of her bad days that day,” Constance Ruff told WMAZ. “She might have misbehaved, but I don’t think she misbehaved to the point where she should have been handcuffed and taken downtown to the police department,” said the girl’s aunt, Candace Ruff.

Police Chief Dray Swicord says the department’s policy is to handcuff people in certain situations, and “there is no age discrimination on that rule.”

The child was suspended from school until August.
The Associated Press contributed to this story