Build A Clock, Go To Jail

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed just wanted to show off his cool invention: a clock he had made from spare parts salvaged from home.  He had planned on showing it to his engineering teacher, and maybe even getting a pat on the back. Instead he got cuffed with his hands behind his back. It seems that school officials at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, found the device to be suspicious. After plugging it into an outlet, the device started to make … Continue reading →

Mother Sues School Over Son’s Treatment

In Hendersonville, Tennessee, a mother launched a lawsuit against Sumner County Schools over an incident that saw her special-needs child arrested and placed in a juvenile detention cell. She claims that restraining him in a chair with belts and straps caused severe bruising.  (Jan. 2015)   … Continue reading →

Cases of Kids Getting Arrested at School

In Florida, a 12-year-old boy was arrested for farting in school. Arresting officer Warren Pettway was summoned to the school by a teacher, who said that the boy was disrupting his classroom environment by breaking wind and shutting off several computers. After the boy confessed, Pettway said, “I informed him as a result of his behavior he was being charged with disruption of a school function.” The perp was later released to his mother. (The Week, 12-5-08, p.8) *A class … Continue reading →

Teachers Having Children Arrested At School

Teachers are in a tough position. They are dealing with 2 dozen students, usually by themselves, and have to put up with all sorts of rowdy and disruptive behavior. And their options for doing so are limited. Talking doesn’t always work, and if they physically restrain a child, they could end up with a lawsuit – or worse. Yet the reliance on calling the police and having children arrested seems to be a rather poor solution for what in many … Continue reading →

Girl Handcuffed and Arrested At School For Doodling On Her Desk

In another example of school officials gone mad while enforcing “zero-tolerance” policies toward students, a 12-year-old New York girl in Queens was hauled out of school in handcuffs for doodling on her desk with a lime-green erasable marker. Alexa Gonzales, a student at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills, wrote across her desk: “I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10” along with a smiley face. She busied herself with the doodling while waiting for her … Continue reading →