Way to go Arvada PD
ARVADA, Colo. -- 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.
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."
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. His mother, "Jane" was shocked when Arvada Police showed up at their home later that night.
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.
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.
Source: Arvada Police defend arrest of 11-year-old over drawing
(h/t to the Geek Warrior
According to the video of the news report, not only did they arrest the kid at his home, they tossed him in a holding cell, wouldn't give him dinner, and then shipped him via ambulance to a mental health hospital where he was evaluated for THREE DAYS
before the shrinks admitted he posed no threat.
Now, some people (including one of the commenters on the KDVR facebook page) my make the argument that "if they hadn't arrested the kid and he had
come back and shot the teachers, we'd be blaming the cops instead." Well, some may do that, but not me. I'd be blaming the parents first and the school second - the people who actually knew the kid and had determined he wasn't a threat.
Unfortunately, we now have a kid who was already seeing a therapist who will probably have even more distrust of authority in general and cops specifically. And, even better, he probably won't trust his therapists anymore considering that he was arrested for following their instructions.