Not Saussure

April 11, 2007

Zero Tolerance

Filed under: Bloody Yanks — notsaussure @ 11:43 pm

From an arrest report, filed by Police Officer 1401 Tamara L Neale of the Avon Park Police Department in Highlands County, Florida, describing a terrifying incident at a local school:

On the above date and time I responded to the Avon Elementary School at 705 W Winthrop Street, Avon Park, 33825 for a disruptive student, Desirée Watson. Watson was upset and crying and wailing and would not leave the classroom to let them study causing a disruption of the normal class activities. Ms. Rider was called to remove her from the classroom, at which she began to hit and kick Ms Rider. She had to be carried to the front office at which time she continued to wail and cry and refused to communicate in any way or to calm down. When I arrived Watson was still carrying on and would not calm down. When I approached her she crawled under the table, at which I had to crawl and get her and she began to try to pull her legs away to get away from me. When I finally got her clear she began to pull and try to run away from me. I tried several times to get her to calm down and she began to wail louder. I placed her in handcuffs to keep her from hitting and she still kept trying to get away. Upon placing her into the back of the police vehicle she kept unbuckling and trying to get out by placing her foot in the doorway to prevent it from closing. I had to have Officer Allison Smith ride in the back with her to the police department. The parent was still unreachable. She was transported to the Highlands County Jail.

Desirée Watson then found herself charged with two misdemeanours (‘Disruption of School Function’ and ‘Resisting LEO [Law Enforcement Officer?] without Violence’) and one felony, ‘Battery on School Employee’.

Why is this remarkable? Well, according to the ‘Perpetrator Information’ section of the charge sheet, this desperado is 4 foot 6 tall, weighs 50lb (22.7 kg , or just over three and a half stone in old money) and is 6 years old.

According to the local TV station, WFTV,

The chief of police said his officers did the right thing.

“When there is an outburst of violence, we have a duty to protect and make that school a safe environment for the students, staff and faculty. That’s why, at this point, the person was arrested regardless what the age,” said Chief Frank Mercurio, Avon Park Police Department.

Via Slate

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  1. WHAAA????

    So the kid was having a tantrum and she got arrested for basically being six years old??

    That’s scary scary stuff … and it appears that no-one has bothered to find out what upset the little girl in the first place???

    That’s not just scary, that’s shameful.


    Comment by Queen Minx — April 12, 2007 @ 10:54 am

  2. Off topic. Sorry. You’ve been tagged for the Thinking Blogger Award.

    Comment by jailhouselawyer — April 12, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

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