An average of three to four times a day, local police get a similar call: A child is punching holes in the walls of the home and refuses to listen to parents, who are worried the child could hit them or a sibling, and they need help.
If parents are concerned they or their children could be hurt during an argument, they can call the police. Officers and deputies can take children to the juvenile detention center if they’ve damaged property or hit someone, but otherwise police will talk to parents and children until they calm down, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.
In the past four years, the sheriff’s office and local police departments handled from 1,317 to 1,557 incidents a year involving children, ranging from a teen who wouldn’t go to school to a child being verbally or physically abusive. Police also handled from 184 to 242 cases a year of runaway children and teens, according to Johnson County dispatch reports.