7-Year-Old Handcuffed Over $5
The family of a 7-year-old New York boy is suing police and the city for $250 million, saying cops handcuffed and interrogated the boy for ten hours after a scuffle over lunch money at school.
Wilson Reyes, a student at Public School 114 in the Bronx reportedly got into a fight with a fellow student in December after he was accused of taking $5 of lunch money that had fallen on the ground in front of him. Responding to a complaint of assault and robbery, the police were called and took the boy to the local police precinct where officers allegedly handcuffed and interrogated him for ten hours, according to the lawsuit.
I don't know which entity behaved the dumbest - the school for calling the cops over a playground scuffle, or the cops for cuffing the kid.
The school filed a complaint of assault and robbery. Really?!? Whatever happened to time-out? Or staying after school? Or calling the parents? Or common-friggin'-sense?
And the cops - handcuffing a 7-year-old. What's up with the big, bad, NYPD? Can't even handle a little kid? GMAFB.
Elsewhere, another 7-year-old was suspended for using his imagination.
A second-grader in Colorado has been suspended from his elementary school for “throwing” an imaginary grenade during a harmless make-believe game he was playing called “rescue the world.”The kid didn't threaten anyone. He didn't even throw anything real, like a rock or a dirt clod. He was just using his imagination (isn't that a good thing?) to save the world. What's so terrible about that?
The innocent 7-year-old claimed he was, in fact, simply trying to rescue the world, but officials at Mary Blair Elementary School, in Loveland, Colo., said playing with a weapon, the pretend grenade in this case, whether imaginary or real, is unacceptable on school grounds.
As his mother said, "I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don't think he should be punished for it."
The boy's response?
“I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended.”
Me either, kid.
(Side note: the kid can't even pronounce what happened to him. Do they really expect him to understand it? Idiots...)
Other similar incidents include:
- a five-year-old girl suspended for suggesting she and a friend take turns 'shooting' each other with a pink Hello Kitty bubble gun.
- a fifth-grade girl searched and browbeaten by school officials for having a piece of paper that supposedly looked like a gun
- a five-year-old boy threatened with suspension for building a gun out of Legos after school
In the school officials' defense, the kid has a record. According to them, a few weeks ago he made an imaginary gun out of his fingers. He's obviously well on the way to becoming a mass murderer.Two final thoughts: first, it was depressingly easy to find examples of public school officials overreacting and behaving like absolute total loons.
Second, and more troubling, society has become so fearful and intolerant that we are now criminalizing what used to be considered normal childhood behavior. There is no longer any place in our public school system for judgment and common sense. Knee-jerk reaction and draconian punishment has replaced reasoning and teaching.
And I haven't even touched on what is supposed to be the public school system's primary responsibility - educating our children.
That's a mess for another day...