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December 18, 2000

Undar 12 and under arrest
[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
Once, misbehaving grade school children could count on getting a stern lecture from a teacher, parent or sometimes even an police officer. Today, these children regularly get arrested. Kids as young as 6 or 7 face handcuffs, lockup and permanent criminal records. A two-part series continues today and examines what may be Florida's next big challenge in juvenile crime: Grade school kids in the system. Stories
Special report
Arrested development: a last resort
Schools try to avoid arresting young children. But for some, handcuffs work when alternatives don't.

2 hands, 1 cuff and a trip to the 'jailhouse'
Six-year-old Trayvon McRae threw a "tantrum" in music class. He ended up shackled in the back of a police cruiser.

About these stories
In the juvenile system, children who are arrested or named in criminal complaints have their cases referred to the state attorney. This is officially called a referral, but police and juvenile justice workers often say this child is "charged" with a crime. That same wording is used in these stories.

Focus on prevention will work, experts say
More money will help, of course, but understanding is needed just as much, some say.

Howard Troxler
Election wrangle was bound to delay the holiday
I wholeheartedly endorse the suggestion of Ellen Goodman, the Boston Globe columnist, that we now should get an extension of Christmas to make up for the time we lost to the presidential mess. Unfortunately, nothing is that simple...

Top stories
Fad on wheels rolls to school
Many schools accommodate one of this year's hot items, but not all can. After a scooter recall, safety also is a concern.

Ticketmaster marketing getting state's attention
Some customers say they have been billed for unwanted magazine subscriptions and concert memorabilia.

Mystery deepens as birthday passes
The missing boy is 9 today, but investigators can give no solace to his family. Is he alive or dead?

Tampa Bay briefs
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