The Florida girl, who was arrested and handcuffed by police in 2019 for being naughty at school, is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result, according to her grandmother.
In a memorable 2019 body camera footage from the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy Charter School in Orlando, first grader Kaya Rolle can be seen pleading with an officer not to use zip-lock handcuffs to restrain her before putting her in a patrol SUV and take her away. away.
Rolle’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, says the boy is now a completely different child, forever changed after that traumatic confrontation with the police.
“Prior to the incident, Kaya was a stunning young lady,” Kirkland told CNN. “She wanted to hug everyone, she wanted to sing for everyone, she wanted to dance for everyone. As a result of the incident, Kaya was diagnosed with PTSD with severe separation anxiety. Now she leads an almost solitary life.
Kaya Rolle, now 8, suffers from PTSD and severe separation anxiety two years after she was handcuffed and arrested for throwing a tantrum in first grade.
The policeman who detained Rolle had to use plastic zip ties because her wrists were too small for regular handcuffs.
“Please give me a second chance! Please let me go!’ Kaya cries as she is loaded into the car.
The assistant principal said Kaya slapped her and the girl threw a fit when she wasn’t allowed to wear sunglasses in class, according to CNN, which caught up with the family three years later.
At the time, Florida did not have minimum age laws for arrests.
An officer is seen escorting Kaya out of the school with zip ties on her wrists.
Turner and another officer escorted Kaya to a police SUV waiting outside the school.
“Please give me a second chance! Please let me go!’ Kaya was crying as they put her in the car.
Kaya’s family released a widely shared video out of outrage at the arrest.
“Kaya was so small that the officer had to find a footstool to get her in the right place so he could take a photo of her,” Kirkland said.
The little girl remembered her confusion and fear that day.
“I was very scared and confused,” Kaya said in a recent interview. “I said, ‘Are these cops for me?’
Body camera footage shows Orlando police officers arrest a sobbing six-year-old Kaia Rolle at the Lucius and Emma Nixon Academy Charter School on September 19, 2019.
On Monday, Kaya’s family released a video of the outrageous arrest, which shows the child tearfully pleading with police to let her go before they tie her down with zip ties.
She said she still lives on memories.
“I feel bad about what happened at school with the policeman because I think he was very rude to me,” she told the TV presenter.
In the footage, police officer Orlanda Turner can be heard telling a school worker, “Now she’s going to have to come with us,” before he signals to Kaya and commands, “Get up, get up…come here.”
What are they for? Kaya asks.
8-year-old Kaia Rolle was a happy, outgoing child before she was arrested at the age of 6. Now, according to her grandmother, she is withdrawn and leads a “lonely lifestyle.”
Meralyn Kirkland, Kaia’s grandmother, lobbied Florida legislators to lower the age of arrest. The Kaya Rolle Law came into force in July 2020 and prohibits the arrest and prosecution of a child under 7 years of age.
The grandmother of 8-year-old Kaya Rolle said the little girl is still worried about her arrest. She said there was no cure for PTSD.
“This is for you,” Turner replies.
Kaya then cries as she begs the other officer not to put restraints on her.
“It won’t hurt,” says the second.
“No, no, I don’t want handcuffs!” Kaya howls. No, don’t handcuff! You are welcome!’
According to an arrest report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, the six-year-old girl was taken to a juvenile detention center and charged with battery.
Prosecutors dropped the charge the next day.
One of the officers who made the arrest, Dennis Turner (pictured), was fired by the Orlando Police Department after the incident, as it emerged that he had also arrested another six-year-old in an unrelated incident at a school on St. on the same day
Kaya (pictured) was arrested for battery after throwing a tantrum and hitting three school employees. Prosecutors dropped the charge the next day.
The arresting officer, Dennis Turner, was fired by the Orlando Police Department after the incident, as it was revealed that he had also arrested another six-year-old on the same day in an unrelated incident at the school.
The Rolle family worked with Florida state legislators after the incident to raise the minimum age for arrest, which was called the Kaya Rolle Law. It came into force in July 2021 and prohibits the arrest or prosecution of children under the age of seven, except in cases of violent crime.
“We shouldn’t handcuff six-year-olds,” Dr. Chris Curran, director of the University of Florida Educational Policy Research Center, told a cable news show. “There is almost no situation in which this would be an appropriate response.”
A week after Kaya’s family raised the alarm over the arrest, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon told reporters he was “appalled” by Turner’s actions.
“As the grandfather of three children under 11, I can only imagine how traumatic this was for everyone involved,” Rolon said.
“We could understand the idea of a six-year-old being put in the back seat of a police car.”
Just last year, when Kaya was 8 years old, she said she was scared because the law no longer protects her. Now the family wants the age to be raised again.
“For Kaia, the future is a long way to go,” her grandmother said. “You can learn to live with it, you can learn to live with some semblance of normality, but there is no cure for PTSD.”
Kaya’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland (pictured with her), released video footage of the arrest in the hope that she would convince officials to set a minimum age for arrests in Florida.