posted on Oct, 8 2009 @ 12:37 PM
What was a Police Officer doing on campus? I understand that many schools have Security, but the Police are only there when called. Did the child
refuse to comply to a school administrators request to abide the dress code and then phoned the Police? If so, then the Officer's reaction, although
excessive, wouldn't be as disgusting a response as it would seem otherwise.
Still, treating anyone, let alone a minor in such a way isn't doing any Law Enforcement any service. All he is accomplishing is making the minor, and
everyone who has seen this video hate Law Enforcement all the more.
The fact that the child is a Special Needs child shouldn't pertain, although the Officer should have considered such (which is usually why such
matters should be left to the school administration who is aware of what the child's Special Needs are and how best to deal with them). Most Special
Needs children are quite functional, just with discipline problems. In our day and age the kid in class that would beg for Detention or flip the
teacher the bird until they were dragged out into the hall to get a paddling are now classified as Special Needs. They were the ones we previously
called a "Problem Child". They aren't bad kids, nor are they "Special Ed" kids, but just kids that require being handled differently than your
My daughter for instance, is classified as "Special Needs" because woe be unto any young female that tries to discipline her, although she's a
model student with any mature female or male disciplinarian of any age. Her school knows that if you want her to comply with something and you are a
young female teacher, to get an older teacher or a male teacher to assist. If a young female Officer tried getting my daughter to comply the same
probably would have happened as in the video as my daughter doesn't consider young females to have any authority over her (she has mother issues
obviously). She would have ignored them, walked away, and depending on the LEO who knows what would have happened.
At least neither side is playing the "Race Card"...after the initial video I was expecting that one to be played.
So, the person who said that we might be jumping to conclusions prematurely without having all the facts I can see as having a valid point.
However, regardless of the circumstances, the LEO did overreact. The extent of his overreaction is only the thing that would be determined by weighing
all the circumstances involved. The punishment certainly didn't fit the "crime". If a student doesn't meet the dress code for a school, and
refuses to comply, then send them home suspended until they decide they are willing to comply. You don't clobber them from behind, tackle them, and
restrain them for failing to tuck in their shirt.