While recent child arrests caused outrage over how law enforcement accuses children of misconduct, annual FBI statistics reveal that a stunning number of children have been arrested in the US.
Crime statistics show that, according to the latest available data, 26,966 children under the age of 10 were arrested in the United States between 2013 and 2017.
The figures are skyrocketing for children between 10 and 12 years old, according to the FBI, who reported 228,017, were arrested during the same five-year period, reports ABC news.
Annual crime statistics show that, according to the latest available data, 26,966 children under the age of 10 were arrested in the United States between 2013 and 2017.
The annual crime statistics collected by the FBI rise to nearly 230,000 for children between 10 and 12 years old, arrested during the same five-year period
In 2017 alone, 23 children under the age of 10 were arrested for rape, 13 for theft, 52 for arson and 362 for theft and theft, including 9 for vehicle theft, according to data, ABC reports. It was not immediately clear how many of the incidents occurred in schools.
But it is those arrests for less serious accusations that have aroused concern among parents and experts, including one of the most recent – a relief officer fired on September 19 after having two children aged 6 and 8 at a school in Florida arrested, without first asking permission from his watchman – and who give striking examples of how things can go wrong.
Some experts blame a lack of proper training and say that police and school staff unnecessarily arresting young children was not surprising.
& # 39; Nothing is shocking. It is predictable if you do not equip sworn police officers with children and adolescents who need a different approach & # 39 ;, Lisa Thurau, founder and executive director of Strategies for Youth, a non-profit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ABC teaches law enforcement agencies how to deal with young children.
Florida School Resource Officer Dennis Turner (above) was fired on September 19 after he had arrested two children aged 6 and 8 at a school in Orlando without first asking permission from his watchman – and giving striking examples of how things were can go wrong
& # 39; You must be development-appropriate and trauma-informed and racially fair. We don't equip officers to be in the United States in general, much less when you put them in schools. & # 39;
In the recent case in Florida, both children were students at the Lucius & Emma Nixon Academy in Orlando on September 19. One of the children, Kaia Rolle, 6, played in class due to a sleep disorder, said her grandmother, Meralyn Kirland. .
& # 39; How do you put on a 6-year-old child? & # 39; Kirkland told WKMG after being upset with her about the arrest.
School resource officer Dennis Turner, who arrested Kaia for a battery, left the child handcuffed and imprisoned in a juvenile detention center in a squadron car. The 8-year-old, who was not mentioned, was also arrested in the same way.
Turner was later suspended and later fired. Police chief Orlando Rolón said it was clear that & # 39; there was actually no other remedy than to end this officer & # 39 ;.
In the recent case in Florida, both children were students at the Lucius & Emma Nixon Academy in Orlando on September 19. One of the children, Kaia Rolle, 6 (above) played in class because of a sleep disorder, her grandmother, Meralyn Kirland said
& # 39; How do you put on a 6-year-old child? & # 39; Kirkland) (right) told WKMG, after being upset with her about the arrest of her granddaughter Kaia Rolle, 6 (left)
State lawyer Ayala said Rolón told her that he had no intention of prosecuting the children and had asked to withdraw the charge. She said she wanted to remove the arrests from the children's files.
& # 39; These very young children need to be protected, nourished and disciplined in a way that is not dependent on the criminal justice system to do it, & # 39; Ayala said. & # 39; Systems are not designed to educate our children. & # 39;
Other examples are a 10-year-old boy who is black and left in tears when told that he would be accused of being abused by a white child's family who was hit in the head during a game of dodgeball in Michigan.
Bryce Lindley played dodgeball with Ruth Eriksson Elementary, in Canton, on April 29, when he allegedly hit his classmate in the face with the ball.
According to WXYZ, the child suffered a concussion. Bryce's mother, Cameishi Lindley, never thought that her son would be accused of serious abuse.
But on July 24, Cameishi received a phone call from the Juvenile Court of Wayne County about her son.
In another example, 10-year-old Bryce Lindley (above) was left in tears when told that he would be accused of mistreatment by the family of a white child who was hit in the head during a game of dodgeball in Michigan this spring
Bryce (left) played dodgeball with Ruth Eriksson Elementary, in Canton, on April 29, when he allegedly hit his classmate in the face and caused a concussion. Bryce & # 39; s mother, Cameishi Lindley (right) never thought her son would be accused of severe abuse.
According to a police report, the student's mother has filed a complaint against Bryce because her son has a medical condition. The mother, unidentified, accused Bryce of deliberately throwing the ball at her son's face.
& # 39; He got facial problems in his face. He had a black eye and a bruised nose, & # 39; the boy's mother told WXYZ.
At the time, Bryce was suspended from school for one day and his mother believes that that was enough punishment. & # 39; This is a child who was playing with his friends on the playground, & # 39; said Cameishi.
Wayne County prosecutor, Kym Worthy, later said she was opposed to bringing Bryce to justice.
Wayne County prosecutor, Kym Worthy, later said she was opposed to bringing Bryce to justice. She said that while the charge in this case is certainly sustainable, & # 39 ;, her staff had ordered the case to be dismissed.
& # 39; I have no doubt that both involved families love their children and want the best for them. I think there is a better way to move forward right now, & # 39; Worthy said in a statement.
She said that while the charge in this case is certainly lasting, & # 39 ;, she told her staff to dismiss the case.
The rules for how old a child must be before an arrest vary enormously, ABC reports.
In England and Wales, for example, the minimum age for a criminal arrest is 10, but with exceptions that make it possible to arrest younger children. The minimum age in Scotland is 8.
In the United States, 34 states have no minimum age, while most others have set the age at 10 according to government records. Federal authorities prefer to postpone the states for charging minors, according to the Congressional Research Service, although the FBI usually use the age of 7 as a cut-off.
Mo Canady, executive director of the non-profit National School Resource Officer Association, who trains approximately 10,000 school resource officers in the US each year, says that an effective officer requires more than just training.
& # 39; There must be a lot of sensitivity that takes place from the point of view of an officer working in a school, & # 39; Canady told ABC News.
& # 39; An officer who is going to work in that environment must be selected very carefully, & # 39; he explained. & # 39; You are talking about placing an adult from your law enforcement agency in a school environment that works with sometimes young children. & # 39;
& # 39; So you have to make sure that the moral character is right, that they are veterans, that we have a good record of service, that they really want to work with young people, & # 39; he added. & # 39; And they have shown that they do that through volunteering and things like that. & # 39;
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