Oh my goodness. The world we live in is just ridiculous. I TOTALLY understand taking stuff seriously but come on. This is a 6-year-old but not only that she has down syndrome. I don’t understand why this had to be taken to the police.
More from CBS Philly:
The mother of a 6-year-old with Down syndrome says the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District mishandled an incident involving her daughter after she pretended to shoot her teacher with her finger. Maggie Gaines says 6-year-old Margot, a student at Valley Forge Elementary School, now has a police report on file.
In November, Margot became frustrated and made a gesture that sparked a disciplinary investigation.
The Tredyffrin-Easttown School District calls it a threat assessment.
It was concluded nobody was in harm’s way as a result of Margot’s statement and her words were labeled a transient threat, which Gaines explains was an expression of anger.
Sadly the School system still called police because it was policy. This is absolutely absurd.
Margot’s mother says “They get this phone call and I was fine with everything up until calling the police. And I said, ‘You absolutely do not have to call the police. You know, this is ridiculous. My daughter got frustrated and pointed her finger at her teacher and said, ‘I shoot you.’ At that point, they went to the principal’s office and it was quickly assessed that she didn’t even really know what she was saying.”
Pennsylvania state Sen. Andrew Dinniman who was contacted by the Gaines family exclaims “As a state senator, an educator, and a parent, I am concerned when I hear that such important decisions appear to be guided blindly by written policy or legal interpretation without those in positions of authority using their judgment, experience, and commonsense to weigh in. Furthermore, I am alarmed that a school seems to be acting as an extension of the police department in promulgating data and records on children as young as kindergarteners,” Dinniman said in a statement.
Local police did not respond to reporters of course.