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Another school system goes too far

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by LoKyBuckeye, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    Handcuff a 10 year old... give me a break.,2933,141253,00.html

    Girl Arrested for Taking Scissors to School
    Saturday, December 11, 2004

    PHILADELPHIA — A 10-year-old girl was placed in handcuffs and taken to a police station because she took a pair of scissors to her elementary school.

    School district officials said the fourth-grade student did not threaten anyone with the 8-inch shears, but violated a rule that considers scissors to be potential weapons.

    Administrators said they were following state law when they called police Thursday, and police said they were following department rules when they handcuffed Porsche Brown (search) and took her away in a patrol wagon.

    "My daughter cried and cried," said her mother, Rose Jackson. "She had no idea what she did was wrong. I think that was way too harsh."

    Police officers decided the girl hadn't committed a crime and let her go.

    However, school officials suspended her for five days. Administrators will decide at a hearing whether she may return to class, or be expelled to a special disciplinary school.

    The scissors were discovered while students' belongings were being searched for property missing from a teacher's desk.

    School district officials have promised a crackdown on unruly students this year, and new policies give administrators the power to expel students for infractions as minor as violating the dress code, chronic tardiness or habitual swearing.

    Administrators say the steps are needed to regain control over a notoriously unruly school system, but some parents have complained that discipline has been overly harsh and that school officials have been too quick to call police about minor problems.
  2. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    At face value, this looks really overboard. However, we don't know the whole background:

    1.) It's in a Philly public school...not the safest in the world.

    2.) The story admitted the school was part of a "notoriously unruly school system".

    3.) The police officers were simply following department rules when they handcuffed the kid and later released her when they detemined she commited no crime.

    Eight-inch scissors are pretty bid for a 10-year-old's hands...just a tad big for what she'd need for a fourth grade school project.
  3. brutus2002

    brutus2002 Junior

    Yes but the cops are grown men that can apply common sense. If the girl had threatened someone then the handcuffs may have been appropriate. Any adult with half a brain would have just had the girl ride in the front seat with them to the cop shop. Then explained to her why they were taking her. Then call the parents and have a meeting with them explaining school and state laws. How many kids have you seen arrested for bringing scissors to class? I wouldn't expect my child to be taken away in handcuffs by the cops for bringing scissors to school...I'm sure her parents didn't know the rule or the state law.

    We can arrest little girls at schools for scissors but we have drug dealers and gangs roaming city schools intimidating students. I have an idea why don't the cops do their jobs and arrest the people who really need it. This is a joke and the police should be ashamed. Hopefully the police will be reprimanded for being incompitent and not having any common sense.
  4. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Maybe the school system is unruly because the teachers, administrators, and local police are a bunch of fucking imbeciles.

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