An Espanola third-grader was handcuffed and arrested by police after hitting another student with a basketball, the child’s mother and her lawyer say.
The boy’s mother, Angelica Esquibel, said he was sent to the school office Thursday when he raised his voice to a teacher after hitting another child with the basketball.
Esquibel, who works next door to the school, said she was called to the office, and that Jerry began crying and saying he wanted to go home.
She said a school counselor wanted him to return to class, and that when the boy ran outside and started crying louder, the counselor told him if he wasn’t going to be in school, she was going to call police.
Two officers tried to tell Jerry to go back to class and told him he had a choice ? class or jail, Esquibel said. When the boy got upset and loud, they handcuffed him, she said.
The police report says Jerry was arrested, taken to jail, booked and released to his parents.
Esquibel said that when she arrived at the police station, he was standing against a wall, crying.
He told her he was placed “in a dark room with a window, a metal toilet and a metal sink,” and that inmates banged on the window “saying they were going to get him and cussing,” she said. He said officers told him to stop crying or they’d let the inmates get him, she said.
Well, thankfully this boy is not being “sheltered”. He’s learning valuable lessons about the world and being well socialized. Wouldn’t want him to grow up to be socially inept, now would we? Eight years old is practically grown – whaddya’ want, to stunt their emotional and social development?
Children need to be disciplined for unruly behavior and taught to respect authority. But this discipline ought to primarily come from their parents who love and care for them. Schools _manage_ children. And when the children won’t be managed, why, one state agency in this case simply called in another state agency to intimidate the child.
No, thank you. I’ll just shelter my boys, even as dangerously close to “forever” as eight years old is. And if they hit another child and yell at their mother, they’ll get a good talking to and a bright red bottom. But not arrested.