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6-year-old Kindergarten Arrested In School

When a six-year-old boy kicked his school principal last week, the school called in police, not parents.

The student had already been suspended for kicking and biting another official, when he allegedly threatened a teacher and kicked Principal Pat Lumbley. This time, the child was placed in police custody and charged with battery and intimidation.

Read more: School's battery charges against 6-year-old

"In the big picture ... I have to look at school safety and have to look at student safety," Lumbley, an Indiana elementary school administrator, told a local Fox affiliate. The county's police lieutenant defended the decision, adding "putting him into the system can open up avenues perhaps the parents don't have."

But can the penal system really help a troubled kindergartner?

Increasingly, precincts have become de facto detention centers. In Albuquerque alone 90,000 students, were arrested between 2009-2010. In Texas, an estimated 300,000 kids were give misdemeanors in 2010. That number includes children as young as 6.

"You've gradually seen this morphing from schools taking care of their own environments to the police and security personnel, and all of a sudden it just became more and more that we were relying on law enforcement to control everyday behavior," Austin-based juvenile court judge Jeanne Meurer told The Guardian in an investigative report on the policing of children in America. The British newspaper's in-depth article was published in January, four months before a Georgia 6-year-old was carted out of her kindergarten classroom in handcuffs after allegedly throwing a caustic tantrum.

Handcuffs, really? "There is no age discrimination on that rule," a Georgia police chief told local news. The child's parents have started a petition in an effort to change that.

Over the past year, kids under the age of 13 have been arrested, or threatened with arrest, for giving wedgies, having a food fight and spraying perfume. In more serious circumstances, children are facing real prison time over hockey game fouls and threatening classroom notes. One 6-year-old was accused of sexual assault by school officials during a recess game of tag. In order to have the sexual battery charge wiped from his school record, the child's parents had to hire a lawyer to prove that the charges had no legal basis.

Read more: Student hockey player may face criminal charges

"Everyone suffers when adults don't have the skills and support to manage unsafe or respectful behavior such as kicking and tantrums effectively," Irene van der Zande, executive director and founder of Kidpower, tells Shine. Her California-based non-profit program helps schools and parents teach kids safety, respect and tolerance independent of police intervention.

But many school officials feel law enforcement is the only place to turn for help. The rapid increase in school shootings since the Columbine tragedy has left administrators scrambling for better safety measures. Overcrowding, financial cutbacks and access to weapons in the information age are all conditions of new generation and a system struggling to adapt to it. As a result a higher percentage of students between the ages of 12 and 18, say they're more afraid of attack or harm at school than away from school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In 2010, 85 percent of public schools cited incidents of violence, theft, and other criminal activity. That same year, 60 percent of schools called in police for backup.

Advocates of school policing believe crackdowns send a message to the student body, and help keep large underage populations in check and safe. Principal Lumbley feels he protected the rest of his elementary school's student body by having a 6-year-old student arrested. But critics say those punitive measures are really designed to protect teachers.

"Teachers rely on the police to enforce discipline," Kady Simpkins, a juvenile defense lawyer, told The Guardian. "Part of it is that they're not accountable. They're not going to get into trouble for it. The parent can't come in and yell at them. They say: it's not us, it's the police."

The hard-line approach isn't only happening in schools. Recently, TSA officials subjected a frightened, crying 4-year-old girl to a pat-down after she ran through Kansas airport security to hug her grandmother. While the family understood the reasoning behind tightened security measures, they didn't feel the understanding was reciprocated.

Read more: traveling with kids and the TSA

"There was no common sense and there was no compassion," the child's grandmother Lori Croft told the Associated Press. The little girl hadn't yet learned about terrorism, but had been briefed on the concept of "stranger danger."

"To her, someone was trying to kidnap her or harm her in some way," Croft explained to the AP.

As for the Indiana 6-year-old student charged with battery and intimidation, it's hard to believe he's any wiser.

"I can't imagine the prosecution being able to sustain a battery charge against a six year old," a New York Family Law Attorney, who chose to remain anonymous, tells Shine. "There is a 'mens rea' or 'state of mind' element to all crimes and I can't imagine a prosecutor being able to successfully argue that a six-year-old could meet the state of mind requirement for battery or any crime for that matter."

That's not to say that kids with severe behavioral problems should be dealt with the same way as other students, but child advocates believe that criminalizing their actions doesn't solve any problems.

"Kids who have trouble behaving well in school can almost always be turned around with preparation, firm, respectful interventions, and a plan of action that gets school officials and parents working together as a team," Kidpower's van der Zande tells Shine. "When adults overreact, the harm done is not only to the child involved but also to other children who witness this."


Added: Apr-30-2012 Occurred On: Apr-29-2012
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  • The cops were called on the beaner,,, because beating children in school is no longer allowed.

    So we arrest your kid and keep a record of Violent behavior to follow your kid for life.

    WELL....
    No school is gonna spank my felon!!!!

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  • That little SOB should be spanked, that's what you get when the govt gets in the middle and spoils young kids by not letting parents correct them.

    when I was a kid my mother and father used to spank me or beat me when I did some bad thing or talked back to them, I have not hard feeling against them and i appreciatte the things they did.

    I have no issues against them nor my kids against me and to my then wife when did the very same thing, If you let them ride you (kids) when young, then they More..

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  • I imagine they called the parents when he was previously "suspended for kicking and biting another official." That didn't seem to do much good. Time to try something new.

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  • Bring back the paddle, oh wait.... We can't. The same people bitching that they had him arrested are the same ones sueing when their child was spanked, given detention, ect.

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  • The kid was given a warning and the parents should have corrected the problem behavior. This way, the school can proceed with expelling him without fear of a lawsuit.

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  • The parents obviously didn't teach the little bastard respect. Parental fail once again.

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  • why? Because fucking Parents suck at disciplining their kids these days. I am not a libtard nor Conservadick, but honestly you fucking liptards piss me the fuck off with your "non disciplining" your children bull shit. A few weeks ago a phoenix woman was arrested and charged with child abuse for spanking her kid in a grocery store. Really?? Fuck off!!! I say you beat the fuck out of your damn kids until they get it. YOU RESPECT YOUR ELDERS AND DO AS YOU ARE TOLD! Obviously if you look More..

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  • When the government does the parenting you'll find more harm is done than good. If the parents clearly can't raise a child to be responsible then the child should be put in a foster home. My brother actually kicked the principal in the shin once... But that was in pre-school, maybe we should start arresting children who just learned how to walk too.

    Most human brains don't actually fully develop until early/mid twenties, so why is a pre-pubescent tantrum thrower a threat to society? If anything More..

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    • @wargypzy So long as it doesn't become a bureaucratic nightmare with little or no actual human contact aside from scripted government employees.

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  • I love sensational journalism!!!! We'll start off with a story about a 6 year old kid. Then throw in some numbers while everyone is thinking of a 6 year old kid. 300,000 "kid's" arrested for misdomeaners.. "kid's" in texas is everyone up the the age of 17!! Sorry to break the news to everyone... but "kid's" do commit crimes.

    Do I agree with arresting a 6 year old? depends, but I do know, in my area the juvenile system is more interested in solving what's wrong More..

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  • I'm thinking of starting my own business. It would help parents with unruly kids. It would be called "Beat Their Ass Academy for Kids". We would start the day off with a good ass whooping, followed by beatings throughout the day until the little brats started respecting adults. I would guarantee results in just one day.

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    • @dirtbiker201
      ya have a sound Idea.
      After watching an immunization clinic one morning... right before the school year started... I learned the method for your BTAA to work without leaving any visible marks on the kids.

      In a waiting room full of kids waiting....
      One child at a time,,, is taken behind the partition wall... all can hear.... the crying... from seeing the needle.. then the howl from the stick,, and then the red faces, crying, INJURED kid walks away... Mortifying a room full of kids More..

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    • @dirtbiker201 you'd fit nicely in some shit hole muslim country.

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    • @TEX

      Dude, I like your style!!!

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  • the mother of this little shit needs her ass whipped like her kid.

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  • Yep! Fuck the little cunt! They have far too many rights. In fact they have more rights than adults. It's time for them to take some responsibilities and consequences from their acts. Fuck'em!!!

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  • that is cuz you cant give a faceslap to aggressive kids,even if he deserved it you lose your job and get sued...

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  • My son was detained by the police here in the uk for putting Mcdonalds Ketchup on someones hair, even had his DNA taken and put on the national database. I made a fuss and it made national news in the press and Television news (bbc). Here is a link to the story in a national paper,

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2688100/Cops-DNA-boy-for-throwing-tiny-ketchup-pot-at-McDonalds.html

    They are criminilising kids for the tiniest reason nowadays, maybe its because it goes down as a cri More..

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  • Well what do you expect. The Administrator is probably a metro, never been in a fight in his life, is more upset about the kick staining his skinny jeans than actual injury. Jeeez.

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  • and the List goes on....

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  • The principal needs his ass kicked.

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    • @ZazzMazta You don't raise a 6 year old. That is the beginning phase of raising a child. And you can't expect a 6 year old to be well behaved. They can't even reflect on how they appear to others. Their brains develop that trait at around 7.

      You don't blame a dog for fetching the wrong slippers. A dog is a dog, not a human.

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    • @wellybub┬áIf, by SIX, your kid is still biting people, attacking adults, PHYSICALLY??
      Then YOU are a fucking loser parent, and your hellspawn is well on the road to being shot by cops someday.
      Let your fucking BALLS DROP, parents, and bitch-slap little Johnny, lil' Juan, OR lil' Davarshious, when they OBVIOUSLY so need it!

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  • They thought that his parents could not teach him so they caled the cops so that the kid learns that violence is not accepted by society. So what?

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    • @alkaloides And the kid learned that the police aren't that scary and nothing will happen to him in jail. So what's going to deter the behavior now?

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    • @alkaloides It's fine to teach the kid a lesson and have the parents be able to see him, but charging children with crimes and recording those charges in government systems will only lead to their being treated as criminals for the rest of their lives by the government. Sure they say the crimes get expunged when they turn 18 but in fact they are only sealed to people outside of the government and legal systems.

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  • Yet our Crooked Politicians never get in trouble unless they have sex.

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  • See, this is the sort of thing that actually might CAUSE school schootings. And you might say they deserve it. Out with all hysterical teachers who are afraid of kindergarten kids. I mean "INTIMIDATION!" !!! Really?!! Were you INTIMIDATED?!!! If so, please see a psychiatrist! You really really need it.

    Kicking is not nice, and biting is not nice either. But really. This is just silly stuff. Let the kids tease the little bastard for being a bity rat, and he'll be embarassed out of it More..

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