Originally Posted by vaticanplum
How about her right not to be arrested when she hasn't committed a crime?.....The police are there to stop people who break laws. No law was being broken here.
It's not the police's fault they were called. They have a responsibility to answer/respond - whether its a domestic disturbance at home, a public disturbance, or even a disturbance at an elementary school involving a student.
speaking, there were probably some misdemeanor laws violated. How about creating a public disturbance, assault (on the teachers and administrators), and possibly a few other very minor charges. Again - I didn't agree with, nor advocate, this little girl being arrested. Read my previous posts. But shouldn't she, or even her parents, be somehow held accountable for her actions?
Everyone is all upset at the police and these school administrators, while completely overlooking the reason why they were called to begin with
... a child throwing a very violent tantrum in school in which she attacked teachers.
What if this had been a somewhat older child? What is the protocol then?
Once again, why does it make a difference? Unless she's throwing a tantrum because she's just killed, maimed or stolen, then the reason for her tantrum doesn't have any bearing on the fact that she was arrested.
No, the reason
for the tanturm doesn't have any bearing on why she was arrested, and I never said it did or should. It was just a "side" question on my part, wondering if the teachers, in trying to calm her down, tried to find that out. Usually, when a child is throwing such a violent temper tantrum, doesn't an adult try to find out why, and if possible rectify it?
Beyond just the absolute absurdity of the situation, GAC, if things in your community are so rosy that the police can really afford to take the time to deal with temper tantrums -- or, conversely, if the temper tantrums in your community are becoming such a public nuisance that they must involve the police to deal with them -- then I don't know whether to be jealous of your community or pity it. Suffice it to say that the police in my neighborhood have slightly more pressing matters to address.
If this had happened in a home, or maybe in a department store or other public place - where a child went amok and people were trying to control them, and having a hard time doing so - would a store manager, or someone in that home, be stupid for calling the police?
The police don't always respond to make an arrest; but to take control of a situation and bring order/calm. That is part of their job too.
I don't hear the police in this situation being upset, or chastising the school, for being called. Or saying it was a waste of their time. And I doubt very much that any charges at all will be brought on this little girl.
But to be honest with you..... if one of my kids did something like that in school, the police would be the least of their problems - and they know it.