Children experience PTSD after being arrested | USA TODAY

Kids as young as 6 years old have been arrested for throwing a tantrum at school. Parents discuss the traumatic impact it’s had on their children.

RELATED: Why do kids as young as 5 or 6 still get arrested at schools?

A USA TODAY analysis of federal crime reports identified more than 2,600 arrests in schools involving kids ages 5 to 9 between 2000 and 2019.The newspaper culled 28 million arrest records from more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies that participated in the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System over two decades.

Among agencies consistently contributing data to the FBI, arrests dropped from about 171 a year in 2000-2009 to 94 a year in the following decade. The decline may have been driven in part by the growing body of research that shows harsh punishments can do more harm than good and are often applied unfairly to Black children and those with disabilities.

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