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Police Arrest 11-Year-Old Over Stick Figure Drawing

February 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm by  

ARVADA, Colo. — Screw it. It’s a slow news day and you’re just gonna have to deal with it. While the news reports on Zahra Baker’s step-mom being charged with second-degree murder and the four Americans murdered Somali pirates, they neglect the plight of an 11-year-old boy arrested for drawing stick figures in class.

It didn’t help that the stick figures were of him using a gun to shoot four other stick figures with the title “teacher must die” but hey, what is art, right?

The boy’s parents say that the kid has ADD and was just doing what he was instructed to do by his therapist. Instead of disrupting the class when angry, he was told to vent on paper. That’s what the boy said he did when he drew the picture but the teacher saw it as he was throwing it away.

He was taken to the principal’s office where they determined he wasn’t a threat. His parents were notified and he was sent back to class. That seemed to be the end of it until Arvada Police showed up at the boy’s house later that day. His mother told her son to cooperate and just explained what happened, which he did. The police then charged him with a third degree misdemeanor, interfering with staff and students at an educational facility.

The boy was handcuffed, placed in the back of a police car and then taken to the police station despite his mother begging the officers to just let her drive him there. He was placed in a cell and had his mugshot taken and fingerprinted. If he finishes his probation with no further incidents, the charges against him will be dropped.

While I agree that I don’t want my kid sitting in a class where an 11-year-old in therapy is drawing pictures of him shooting up the class, and that someone demonstrating that level of anger at a young age probably does not need to be in a normal classroom setting, does anyone think the arrest went a bit too far?

Thank God no one ever saw some of the crap I used to draw while bored in class, they’d have given me a lobotomy. Oh, and if you ever find yourself in some potential legal trouble…never talk to cops without a lawyer present.

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