(CNN) — A Georgia mother says she never wants her son to find himself on the wrong side of the law. She teamed up with Columbus police to help scare him straight.
“Being disrespectful at any age to anyone now could get you killed,” Chaquita Hill said.
Hill is a mother of three. She says calling the police to her home to teach her son a lesson wasn’t her first choice.
“We sat down, we talked about it. I asked him ‘what’s going on? How are you feeling?'” Hill said.
Hill says her son Sean had been acting out in school — disrespecting his teacher and refusing to do school work. She says his behavior was going on for weeks, and talking it through just wasn’t working. Hill says she’s scared that not obeying his teacher could escalate into disrespect for authority as an adult — something she believes could be life-threatening.
“He’s going through the phase right now, it’s just in one ear out the other,” Hill said.
So Hill called the police — in the hopes of scaring her son straight.
“I’m scared for when they get older. How bad is it going to be?” Hill said.
Hill says when officers arrived at her home, they talked with her about what the arrest simulation would be like — making sure she was okay with everything. Then, they entered the house.
Officers talked with Sean about his behavior, put handcuffs on him, and then sat him in the back of a squad car for about five minutes.
Hill posted photos of the experience on her Facebook page, and she’s received more than 3,500 “likes,” 1,000 shares and hundreds of comments. One commenter referenced the situation in Baltimore — saying ‘I don’t like this, In a lot of cities, police really do handcuff young children.” But many showed support for what Hill did.
Angela Sims, a child psychologist says finding the cause for a child’s behavior is just as important as correcting the defiance.
“If it’s a one-time occurrence, you address the behavior and then you might just move on and there might be nothing else, but if it’s an on-going kind of thing, and it’s happening more than a couple times, then yeah you need to find out what’s going on,” Sims said.
“It’s hard for a black male now, and I just want him to grow up to be successful and to be respectful,” Hill said.