http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/17/justice/georgia-student-handcuffed/ What do you think of this? I don't completely agree with calling the police in the first place, however what really struck me about the article was the subtitle I saw on my iphone, (On the website its on the left hand corner underneath the video under "highlights") It reads, "6-year-old handcuffed for tantrum in principal's office." Despite whether or not you agree with the whole handcuffing aspect I think calling this a "tantrum" is just not fair to the school or the police. In general when I hear the word tantrum I think of a kid kicking and screaming because they didn't get the cookie or toy they wanted. If you've been in a situation with a child who has become extremely aggressive and dangerous to themselves or others, I'm sure you wouldn't describe it as "oh little Johnny had a tantrum today." In my opinion it just gives the wrong idea to people who have never been in this situation. Before I started teaching I would have been completely disgusted by this article, the school and the police. However being in the situation where I've had a kid holding a chair over his head threatening to throw it at a group of students or flipping tables over, or throwing pencils at my head, I can somewhat sympathize with the situation. I've gotten to the point where I've been like "okay there's nothing else I can do to protect myself or the other students, I need to call the school safety officer, guidance counselor, AP or whatever." However what happens when you're the principal or the guidance counselor and you just can't calm the child down? I know when my student gets like that there is no calming him down or reasoning with him until he literally just tires himself out. Obviously a student who has issues like this needs some kind of serious intervention/behavior plan to prevent them from getting into this crisis state. But sometimes there are just days my particular student will come in and I can just tell from 8am that no matter what I do it's not going to be a good day. Does your school have a policy/procedure for students who get so out of control they are dangerous to themselves or others? What is it? Does it need to be implemented often? I teach in an urban area and there are many issues like this one.