Meralyn Kirkland couldn’t believe what she was being told.
The caller on Thursday had a message about her granddaughter, Kaia Rolle. The 6-year-old had been arrested at her Orlando charter school and was going to be taken to a juvenile facility.
“I say, ‘What do you mean she was arrested?’ ” Kirkland told WKMG on Friday.
There was “an incident,” Kirkland recalled the caller saying — Kaia “kicked somebody and she’s being charged.”
The Orlando Police Department said it is now investigating actions taken by Dennis Turner, the school resource officer who arrested Kaia and an 8-year-old student in separate events on the same day last week. Turner is accused of not following the department’s policy regarding juvenile arrests and has been suspended from his duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón said in a statement to The Washington Post. According to the policy, any arrest of a minor younger than 12 needs approval from a supervisor, which police say Turner did not obtain.
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