By Double Duty Mama
As I read this article about a kindergartner being hauled off in handcuffs by the police for acting out in school, I tried to picture all of this happening through the eyes of a kindergartner. Or, actually, through the eyes of my kindergartner. He may be a kindergartner who struggles with behavior issues and has his share of tantrums that land him in the principal’s office … but at least the only terror he has from those experiences is the one that comes when the school calls me or my husband. The idea of the police being called because he threw a toy or had one of his defiant “I-don’t-have-to-listen-to-you” episodes with a teacher would make me seriously question the professionals in whose care I’ve trusted him. That the police and school district in this case are even now, with the benefit of hindsight, justifying their actions has me baffled.
The story cites other instances around the country where students were arrested for misbehaving at school. While their alleged “crimes” may sound trivial (burping in class), we know that those kids are older and no mention is made of their behavioral histories. How much behavioral history can a 6-year-old have that would warrant handcuffs and a trip to the clink?