Imagine getting a phone call that your child was arrested while at school. That was the situation for Meralyn Kirkland. As reported by a local NBC news outlet, Kirkland was informed by Orlando police officer Dennis Turner that her granddaughter, Kaia, was taken to a juvenile detention center after an incident at Lucious and Emma Nixon Elementary charter school. Kaia allegedly threw a temper tantrum and kicked another student. Turner is the resource officer at the school. « What do you mean she was arrested, he said ‘there was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way,' » Kirkland said. Kirkland pleaded with the officer, and explained her interaction with Tuner. “She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved and he says, ‘what medical condition, she has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘well I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that, » revealed Kirkland.
“They told us we had to wait a few minutes because Kaia was being fingerprinted, and when she said finger printed it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Kirkland stated. “No six-year-old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot. » Speaking with Buzzfeed, Lt. Wanda Miglio stated that Turner arrested Kaia on a misdemeanor battery charge but he did not follow the department’s policy of informing a commanding officer before arresting someone under 12-years-old. « There will be an internal investigation regarding these incidents, » Miglio stated.