Arvada Colorado school adminstrators asked for the arrest of the 11 year old boy who drew the non-threatening “threatening” stick figures in class the other day…
…even though the boy had been told to do this by his therapists as an alternative to disrupting class – an alternative that was apparently working fine.
Well, it was, anyway (I’m going to add the odd bit of emphasis):
Arvada Police are defending the way they handled the arrest of an 11-year-old boy. The Arvada boy was arrested and hauled away in handcuffs from his home for drawing stick figures in school – something his therapist told him to do.
His parents say they understand what he did was inappropriate, but are outraged by the way Arvada Police handled the case…They say “Tim” is being treated for Attention Deficit Disorder and his therapist told him to draw pictures when he got upset, rather than disrupt the class. So that’s what he did.
Last October, he drew stick figures of himself with a gun, pointed at four other stick figures with the words “teachers must die.”
No, he was not a budding trenchcoat mafioso…:
The boy drew the pictures to let out angry emotions…He felt calmer and was throwing the picture away when the teacher saw it and sent him to the principal’s office.
The school was aware that the boy was in treatment, determined he was not a threat, notified his parents and sent him back to class.
But once your kids are in the hands of our school systems’ idiot administrators, you really can’t count on anything:
His mother, “Jane” was shocked when Arvada Police showed up at their home later that night.
She says she told her son to cooperate and tell the truth, but was horrified when they told her they were arresting him and then handcuffed him and hauled him away in a patrol car. His mother says she begged police to let her drive her son to the police department and to let her stay with him through the booking process but they refused.
They put him in a cell, took his mug shot and fingerprinted him. He says he thought he was going to jail and would never be able to go home again.
Anyone wanna guess the kid’s therapy bills for the next ten years?
At first school officials did not want to press charges, but changed their mind when police called them later that night. A juvenile assessment report shows he’s never been in legal trouble before and is at low risk to reoffend.
He’s charged with a third degree misdemeanor, interfering with staff and students at an educational facility. The system says it’s doing what’s in the best interest of the child. But Tim’s therapist says handcuffing an 11-year-old and putting him in a cell over something like this is “quite an overreaction” and does much more harm than good.
Do you think?
I have a little background with the comatose, unreasoning stupidity of the schools’ “zero tolerance” policies. Good luck getting redress in the courts – the laws pretty well protect schools from any sort of accountability for their actions – the laws were written by Democrats in the pocket of the Teachers unions and the Administrators associations; also, they’re the freaking government.
Do you think a charter school, responsible to a board elected by the school’s parents and stakeholders, just might have come up with a solution that wouldn’t have embarassed a Soviet komissar?
It’s time to bring back public humiliation – stocks and pillories – for public officials who so utterly transgress the boundaries of sanity, decency and morality itself.
And if the Arvada, Colorado school board doesn’t fire every single party involved, and the voters don’t in turn erase every single member of that school board from any contact with children forever, and the people can stand for that sort of priggish idiocy from their police department, they deserve what they get.
I’m pretty sure “Tim” does not.
No punishment we can legally give is severe enough for these walking sacks of “human” pus. If I were face to face with these scumbags, I would punch them.
Damn right I’m “vitriolic”.