Girl, 6, handcuffed by police for throwing a tantrum

Police in the US handcuffed a kindergartner with her arms behind her back after the girl threw a tantrum. Salecia Johnson, 6, was accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing books and toys in an outburst Friday at an elementary school in Georgia. Officers in the police department's squad room tried to calm the child by giving her a coke. Several years ago, police in a similar case arrested a kindergartner who threw a tantrum during a jelly bean-counting contest in Florida.

FIN comment: The link between tantrums and what children eat has been documented for years which is why in the EU, foods containing certain artificial colours must carry the warning 'may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children'. The people I'd like to see handcuffed are not kindergarten children who are unknowingly fed such tantrum-fuellers but the 8 adults on the FDA's Food Advisory Committee who chose to protect the food industry rather than the nation's children last April by voting against similar warning labels in the US. 

See also our tantrums factsheet