School Calls Cops on 6-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Who Made Finger Gun Gesture
School officials at Valley Forge Elementary in Tredyffrin, Pennsylvania, called the police on a 6-year-old girl who made a finger gun gesture at her teacher and said, “I shoot you.” The girl has Down syndrome and didn’t understand what she was saying, her mother told CBS Philly.
The principal and teacher agreed that the girl, Margot, had not intended to make a threat. But they informed the authorities anyway, citing a district policy that mandates safety threat assessments in all such cases.
“I was fine with everything up until they said ‘and we have to call the police,'” Margot’s mother, Maggie Gaines, told reporters. “I said ‘you absolutely do not have to call the police.'”
Indeed, it was completely unnecessary for the school to involve the cops, which had the effect of creating a police report referencing Margot’s actions. Unfortunately, district officials follow a policy of automatically calling the cops anytime someone’s safety
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